Monkeypox spread in 20 countries crosses 200: WHO

Globally, monkeypox cases have risen to 200, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as more cases were reported and spread in 20 countries. The health body called the so-called pandemic preventable and proposed creating a repository to equitably share the limited number of vaccines and medicines available across the world. During a public briefing on Friday, the United Nations health agency said there is still much to learn about the monkeypox outbreak to understand how the current pandemic originated, but there is no evidence that That any genetic change in the virus is responsible for the unprecedented pandemic, PTI. informed of.

Dr Sylvie Bryand, WHO’s Director of Epidemiology and Epidemic Diseases, said the first sequencing of the virus shows that the strain is not isolated from strains found in endemic countries and (this outbreak) is probably due to changes in human behaviour. ,

How did the monkeypox outbreak start?

Earlier this week, a leading World Health Organization adviser described the unprecedented outbreak of the rare disease monkeypox in developed countries as a random event, explained by risky sexual behavior at two recent mass gatherings in Europe. could.

This marks a significant departure from the disease’s typical pattern of spread in central and western Africa, where people are primarily infected by animals such as wild rodents and primates, and outbreaks do not occur across borders.

On Friday, Spanish officials said the number of cases there had risen to 98, according to officials in the region of Madrid, including a woman whose infection is directly related to a chain of transmission previously confined to men.

Doctors in Britain, Spain, Portugal, Canada, the US and elsewhere have noted that most infections so far have occurred in gay and bisexual men or men who have sex with men. The disease is unlikely to affect people because of their sexual orientation, and scientists have warned that the virus could infect others if transmission is not curbed.

As countries including Britain, Germany, Canada and the US begin to evaluate how the smallpox vaccine can be used to prevent outbreaks, the WHO said its expert group is assessing the evidence and will soon He will provide guidance.

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a virus that originates in wild animals such as rodents and primates and is sometimes jumped to people. It belongs to the virus family similar to smallpox

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