Unlikely monkeypox outbreak will lead to pandemic, says WHO

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Unlikely monkeypox outbreak will lead to pandemic, says WHO

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Unlikely monkeypox outbreak will lead to pandemic, says WHO

LONDON, May 30 — The World Health Organisation (WHO) does not believe the monkeypox outbreak outside Africa will lead to a pandemic, an official said today, adding it remains...

Monday, 30 May 2022 9:10 PM MYTLONDON, May 30 — The World Health Organisation (WHO) does not believe the monkeypox outbreak outside Africa will lead to a pandemic, an official said today, adding it remains unclear if infected people who are not displaying symptoms can transmit the disease.

More than 300 suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox, a usually mild illness that spreads through close contact causing flu-like symptoms and a distinctive rash, have been reported in May, mostly in Europe.The WHO is considering whether the outbreak should be assessed as a “potential public health emergency of international concern” or PHEIC. Such a declaration, as was done for Covid-19 and Ebola, would help accelerate research and funding to contain the disease.

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Monday, 30 May 2022 9:10 PM MYT LONDON, May 30 — The World Health Organisation (WHO) does not believe the monkeypox outbreak outside Africa will lead to a pandemic, an official said today, adding it remains unclear if infected people who are not displaying symptoms can transmit the disease. More than 300 suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox, a usually mild illness that spreads through close contact causing flu-like symptoms and a distinctive rash, have been reported in May, mostly in Europe. Fewer than 200 confirmed and suspected cases had been recorded so far, the WHO’s emerging disease lead Maria Van Kerkhove said. The WHO is considering whether the outbreak should be assessed as a “potential public health emergency of international concern” or PHEIC. A chimp is not a monkey, it is an ape, and the last common ancestor between monkeys and apes lived around 30 million years ago. Such a declaration, as was done for Covid-19 and Ebola, would help accelerate research and funding to contain the disease. “We want to stop human-to-human transmission. Asked whether this monkeypox outbreak has the potential to grow into a pandemic, Rosamund Lewis, technical lead for monkeypox from the WHO Health Emergencies Programme said: “We don’t know but we don’t think so.

” “At the moment, we are not concerned of a global pandemic,” she added. “We’re in a situation where we can use public health tools of early identification, supported isolation of cases. It was first described and named in 1958 when it was identified among laboratory monkeys in Copenhagen, Denmark. The strain of virus implicated in the outbreak is understood to kill a small fraction of those infected, but no deaths have been reported so far. Most cases have cropped up in Europe rather than in the Central and West African countries where the virus is endemic, and are predominantly not linked to travel.” Van Kerkhove said transmission was happening via “close physical contact: skin-to-skin contact”, and that most of the people identified so far had not had a severe case of the disease. Scientists are therefore looking into what might explain this unusual upsurge of cases, while public health authorities suspect there is some degree of community transmission. Its one and only job is to introduce the Covid-19 spike protein (which by itself is also harmless) into the body so that it triggers an immune response. Some countries have begun to offer vaccines to close contacts of confirmed cases. However, “this is the first time we’re seeing cases across many countries at the same time and in people who have not travelled to the endemic regions in Africa”, she said.

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