Monkeypox outbreak tops 1,000 cases, WHO warns of real risk
The head of the WHO says the UN health agency is not recommending a large-scale vaccination against the virus, according to AFP. No deaths have been reported.
He told a news conference that there was a real danger of the Monkeypox outbreak in countries where it was not found.
Zoonotic disease is found in 9 African countries in the form of an epidemic in humans, but outbreaks have been reported in several other states in the past month, most of them in Europe, most notably Britain, Spain, and Portugal.
The WHO chief added that more than 1,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox have now been reported to the WHO from 29 countries where the disease is not found.
No deaths have been reported from the virus in these countries so far, but most cases have been reported among men who have had sex with men.
What are the symptoms?
Monkeypox is a rare epidemic virus. The infection is similar to the smallpox virus found in humans. Symptoms of the epidemic include fever, headache, and itchy skin.
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) added that the WHO would issue guidelines in the coming days on medical care, infection prevention, control, vaccination, and community protection.
“People with symptoms of the virus should be isolated at home and consult a health worker, while people living in the same house should also avoid close contact,” he said.