Unlikely monkeypox outbreak will lead to pandemic, says WHO

30/5/2022 3:56:00 PM

Unlikely monkeypox outbreak will lead to pandemic, says WHO

Unlikely monkeypox outbreak will lead to pandemic, says WHO

LONDON: The World Health Organization (WHO) does not believe the monkeypox outbreak outside Africa will lead to a pandemic, an official said on Monday (May 30), adding it remains unclear if infected people who are not displaying symptoms can transmit the disease. More than 300 suspected and confirmed cases

LinkedIn LONDON: The World Health Organization (WHO) does not believe the monkeypox outbreak outside Africa will lead to a pandemic, an official said on Monday (May 30), adding it remains unclear if infected people who are not displaying symptoms can transmit the disease.being controlled and is improving, state media Korean Central News Agency reported on Sunday (May 29), citing a meeting overseen by leader Kim Jong Un.Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn The World Health Organization said on Sunday (May 29) that monkey pox constitutes a"moderate risk" to overall public health at global level after cases were reported in countries where the disease is not typically found.

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.More than 89,500 cases were recorded for the 24 hours ending May 28 at 6pm (5pm Singapore time) KCNA said.Such a declaration, as was done for COVID-19 and Ebola, would help accelerate research and funding to contain the disease.As of May 26, a total of 257 confirmed cases and 120 suspected cases have been reported from 23 member states that are not endemic for the virus, the health agency said in a statement.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.44 million infections since the end of April, with 94 per cent of them having recovered, according to the report." "At the moment, we are not concerned of a global pandemic," she added.The agency added that it expects more cases to be reported as surveillance in endemic and non-endemic countries expands.

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.The North Korean leader led a meeting of the Political Bureau of the country's powerful Workers' Party of Korea to assess the outbreak, KCNA reported, without saying when it took place.The agency added that it expects more cases to be reported as surveillance in endemic and non-endemic countries expands.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.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.The report comes after The US has offered to provide Covid-19 vaccines to North Korea, but President Joe Biden said Pyongyang has not responded to the offer.Some countries have begun to offer vaccines to close contacts of confirmed cases.Most of the cases reported so far have been "The vast majority of reported cases so far have no established travel links to an endemic area and have presented through primary care or sexual health services," the UN agency said.Related:.

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Monkeypox presents moderate risk to global public health, WHO says

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Monkeypox presents moderate risk to global public health, WHO saysGENEVA — The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday (May 29) that monkey pox constitutes a 'moderate risk' to overall public health at global level after cases were reported in countries where the disease is not typically found.

Monkeypox presents moderate risk to public health, WHO saysThe World Health Organisation said on Sunday (May 29) that monkeypox constitutes a 'moderate risk' to overall public health at the global level after cases were reported in countries where the disease is not typically found. 'The public health risk could become high if this virus exploits the opportunity to establish itself as a human pathogen and spreads to groups...

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