WHO admits that monkeypox is a “real risk” for humanity and warned urgently to detect cases

The agency noted that the disease represents a “real” risk to humanity.

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Although it was not mentioned that it is a “public health emergency of international scope”, The World Health Organization (WHO) called for intensifying control and surveillance measures against the growing outbreak of monkeypox. He expressed the importance of community participation and global solidarity, considering that the disease represents a “real” risk to humanity.

The director of the WHO in Europe, Hans Kluge, indicated in a press conference that “the more the virus circulates, the greater its reach. Stronger will be the entrenchment of the disease in non-endemic countries”.

Given the rise in cases internationally, The WHO called on the authorities to increase the speed of identifying cases, to subsequently isolate patients and trace their direct contacts.

“Even without all the tools available right now, we have what it takes to find cases and prevent further spread,” Kluge said.

He said that the WHO launched emergency funds to help in rapid detection.

Due to the situation, the health entity postponed a meeting of its emergency committee for June 23. This with the aim of evaluating whether monkeypox represents a “public health emergency of international scope”, as Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the agency, mentioned.

The WHO asks not to cancel large events

Despite the environment, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) They have recommended that large events that are going to be held in the coming months, such as music festivals or LGTBI Pride parties, not be canceled due to monkeypox, as it can be “counterproductive”.

“Large gatherings can represent an environment conducive to virus transmission if they involve close, prolonged and frequent interactions between people, particularly sexual activity. However, lessons from other outbreaks have shown that canceling organized gatherings is likely counterproductive for disease control.”

Name change at the door

Monkeypox is about to get a new name, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared, after scientists recently criticized the current name as “discriminatory and stigmatizing”.

researchers They indicated that it is also incorrect to name versions of the virus after parts of Africa.

“WHO is also working with partners and experts around the world to rename the monkeypox virus and the disease it causes,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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