Monkeypox virus outbreak: Confirmed cases cross 1,000 as ‘concerned’ WHO warns of ‘real’ risk – Key points
Monseypox cases have been reported mainly, but not “only”, between men who have sex with men. Some countries are now beginning to report cases of public infection, including among women, the WHO said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday (June 8, 2022) warned that the risk of developing monkeys in non-epidemic countries was “real” and announced that the number of cases had exceeded 1,000. At a press conference in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there had been more than 1,000 cases of menopause reported by the World Health Organization in the current outbreak outside Africa.
Tedros, however, said the situation could be “prevented” and urged the countries concerned to make every effort to identify all cases and contacts to control the outbreak and prevent it from spreading.
Here are the key points in the recent outbreak of the monkeypox virus:
More than a thousand confirmed myoypox cases have now been reported to WHO from 29 countries not diagnosed with the disease. Most of the confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox mostly are in Europe.
To date, no deaths have been reported in non-virus countries due to the disease.
Monseypox cases have been reported mainly, but not “only”, between men who have sex with men. Some countries are now beginning to report cases of public infection, including some among women, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Tedros also said that the sudden and unexpected emergence of monotheypox in several non-viral countries suggests the possibility of a long-term unknown infection. “How long, we do not know,” he added.
“It is unfortunate that the world we live in now that the world is now paying attention to the monkey because it is already in the richest countries,” said a WHO official.
He also warned that the outbreak was showing signs of infection in other countries and that the WHO recommended that people with monkeypox isolate themselves at home.
More than a thousand #monkeypox cases have been reported from 29 countries where the disease has not been detected, and to date no deaths have been reported in those countries. @WHO urges affected countries to identify all cases and contacts in order to control outbreaks and prevent spread. pic.twitter.com/5V9kJaM2FA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) June 8, 2022
It is clear that monkeypox is spreading in countries where it has never been seen before, says Tedros.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the moxox virus has been circulating and killing in Africa for decades. “It is unfortunate that the world we live in now that the world is now paying attention to the monkey because it is already in the richest countries,” he said.
Currently, the vaccine used for the disease is designed to fight smallpox, a related, highly harmful virus that was eliminated worldwide in 1980, but also works to protect monkeys, studies have shown.
What is monopoly?
Monkeypox is a rare bacterial infection resembling a human smallpox. It was first discovered in 1958 in research monkeys and the first human case of monkeys was reported in 1970.
The virus belongs to the Poxviridae family, which includes viruses that cause poxpox.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
Monkeypox is often characterized by fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to a variety of medical problems. The disease usually subsides with symptoms for two to four weeks. Serious situations can happen. In more recent times, the mortality rate has been reported to be around 3-6 percent but can be as high as 10 percent. No deaths were reported in this current spread.
How does the monx virus spread?
Monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or through objects infected with the virus. It is reported to be spread by rats, mice, and squirrels.
Monsexox disease is spread by sores, body fluids, respiratory drops, and contaminants such as sleep apnea.
Health officials also note that some of these infections are sexually transmitted. The WHO said it was also investigating a number of cases of homosexual or heterosexual conduct.
However, the virus is said to be less contagious than smallpox and cause very few illnesses.
How are conditions of the monopoly treated?
Vaccines used during the smallpox eradication program also provided protection against monkeypox. New vaccines have been developed that are only approved to prevent the disease. Antiviral agents designed to treat smallpox have also been licensed to treat monkeys, according to the WHO.