Monkey Pox cases top 5000: WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that the current outbreak had reported 5,322 laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox, 85 percent of which were in Europe.
Although the number of cases is increasing rapidly, the UN Health Agency has not set a date for convening the second meeting of its emergency committee on monkeypox.
From January 1 to June 30 this year, we have 5,322 laboratory-confirmed cases and one death, according to a statement to reporters by WHO spokeswoman Fadila Chaib.
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The number of monkeypox cases has increased by 56% in eight days. The previous number is given by the WHO for the period till June 22 was 3,413 cases.
Since early May, there has been an increase in cases of monkeypox outside West and Central African countries, where the disease has long been endemic.
According to Cheb’s statement, the infection has been reported in 53 countries so far, with 85% of cases in Europe, followed by Africa, the United States, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Pacific Ocean.
“The WHO urges countries to pay special attention to monkeypox cases in an effort to prevent further infections.”
According to the World Health Organization, the most common form of monkeypox infection is found in men who have sexual relations with men, at an early age, especially in urban areas.
Common early symptoms of monkeypox include high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and itchy rash-like chicken pox.
On June 23, the UN health agency convened an emergency committee of experts to decide whether Monkey Pox would form a so-called Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) – for the WHO. The most alarming.
But the majority felt that the situation had not yet crossed that line.
However, he acknowledged the emergency nature of the outbreak and said that a serious response was needed to control its further spread.
In view of the changing situation, the committee may reconvene at any time.
The 16-member WHO Emergency Committee on Monkey Pox is headed by Jean-Marie Oko Belle of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a former director of the WHO’s Department of Vaccines and Immunization.