June 27, 2022


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Global health: 200 cases of monkeypox in 20 countries

The World Health Organization has announced that there are 200 cases of monkeypox in 20 countries and may increase in the coming days.

Today, in front of the World Health Assembly, the Director of the Epidemiology Department, Dr. Sylvie Brian, said: The priority of the response at the present time is monitoring and containing the spread in countries that have not reached the virus and monitoring cases of infection, noting that there is uncertainty about the extent of the disease so far or the extent of its spread in The future and whether this spread will stop, calling on countries to precaution and rapid detection of infections through the PCR test.

She stressed the importance of countries exchanging data with the organization so that the response would be coordinated, and ensure fair access around the world to vaccines and antiviral drugs, calling for avoiding stigmatization of infected people and panic in societies, and also calling for not imposing restrictions on international travel, and the importance of protecting health workers and providing personal protective equipment. them and purify the beds.

She explained that there are many unanswered questions about monkeypox and it is difficult to assess the risks at the present time, and that this spread is unusual, as very few infections are usually reported in 9 African countries where the disease is endemic.

She added that the genetic sequence analysis of the currently circulating virus confirmed its difference from the strain found in the countries where the virus is endemic, and that the World Health Organization is working with the International Organization for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the FAO to learn more about the virus.