Monkeypox Virus: The WHO said on Wednesday that hundreds of cases of monkeypox have been reported from African countries (where the disease is commonly found). The WHO has warned that there may be undetected transmission of the virus. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization, said, “The investigation is ongoing, but the sudden appearance of monkeypox in several countries at the same time suggests that there may be undetected transmission for some time.”
Britain first reported a confirmed monkeypox case on 7 May, the WHO said, followed by more than 550 confirmed cases of the disease in 30 countries outside West and Central African countries (where the disease is endemic) Is.
‘Clearly cause for concern’
Rosamund Lewis, the UN health agency’s top monkeypox expert, said the presence of so many cases in Europe and other countries is “clearly a cause for concern, and suggests undetected transmission for some time.” “We don’t know if it’s for weeks, months, or possibly even a few years,” he said. “We really don’t know if it’s too late,” Lewis said.
Monkeypox is a less serious disease
The disease is related to smallpox, which killed millions of people around the world each year before it ended in 1980. However, monkeypox, which is spread by close contact, is much less severe, usually consisting of a high fever and a chickenpox-like rash that clears up within a few weeks. Vaccines developed for smallpox have been found to be approximately 85 percent effective in preventing monkeypox. Mortality rates for monkeypox are generally quite low and none of the cases found outside endemic countries have reported deaths.
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