Monkeypox reaches 10,000 infections and causes concern in the WHO

In recent days it has been announced that the spread of monkeypox worldwide has increased alarmingly. The World Health Organization (WHO), detailed that there are 9,200 cases in 63 countries; Europe is known to be the most affected continent.

Most of the patients are in the old continent; The United Kingdom is the one that has registered the most infections. In several countries of central and western Africa, the disease is endemic and has been present for decades.

Given the situation, the WHO Emergency Committee will meet to carry out an analysis of the evolution of the disease worldwide and thus determine if it remains at the level of “moderate risk” that was assigned the last time.

Fear has grown since it was confirmed that monkeypox circulates in the air and is spread that way, just as COVID-19 does.

They could declare a health emergency due to monkeypox

Smallpox has raised concern The contact of an infected person can cause many infections

In June, a committee ruled out declaring a health emergency due to the disease, but now, given the increase in cases and its rapid spread, the WHO is rethinking the situation. It is worth mentioning that this emergency is declared when a disease manages to spread uncontrollably to many countries.

With this, governments would be “obliged” to take preventive measures to put an end to contagion.

Tedros Adhanom said that it is necessary to distribute vaccines against monkeypox, and said that they are already working with the LGBT+ community to eliminate the stigmas that are associated with the virus.

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How is monkeypox spread between humans?

The contact of an infected person can cause many contagions

Although it can be transmitted through the air, the contact of an infected person with an uninfected person can cause contagion; as well as getting close to monkeypox skin lesions or scabs.

Being close to a coughing or sneezing person with a suspicious rash would also be dangerous.

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