WHO analyzes whether monkeypox mutations cause rapid spread

The rapid spread of monkeypox in the world is one of the biggest concerns for health authorities, as they fear that this is due to a mutation in the “Monkeypox” virus.

In this sense, experts from the World Health Organization reported this Friday that they have undertaken a series of investigations to detect how the two variants identified as Congo Basin clades (Central Africa) and from west africafor the two regions to which they are endemic.

On the other hand, it was also specified that there was a change in the names of the groups to clade I and clade II, respectively, to avoid the risk of geographic stigmatization. The WHO also announced that clade II had two subclades, IIa and IIb, with viruses within the latter identified as being responsible for the current global outbreak.

UN: It is still early for speculation

However, this Wednesday the United Nations Organization specified that clades IIa and IIb are related and share a recent common ancestor, therefore, IIb is not a branch of IIa. In contrast clade IIb contains viruses collected in the years 1970 and as of 2017.

However, a spokesperson for the organization explained that: “it is still early, both in the outbreak and in laboratory studies, to know if the increase in infections is due to the changes observed in the virus genotype or to host factors. ” human.

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Monkeypox Name

It should be noted that the name of the virus arose in 1958, since it was found in monkeys, however, the disease is more frequently found in rodents, and the current outbreak is transmitted from human to human, as determined by the WHO, not However, as reported in AmericanPost.News, It has been proposed to change the name of the infection of zoonotic origin in order not to offend any sector of the population, much less generate violence against animals.

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