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Monkeypox: Europe, US worst hit; account for 95% of diagnosed cases, says WHO | World News

Monkeypox: Europe, US worst hit; account for 95% of identified instances, says WHO | World Information

Europe and the Americas have been affected essentially the most by the monkeypox outbreak, Director Normal of the World Well being Group (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus instructed journalists right here on Wednesday.

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These two areas have reported 95 per cent of the identified instances, he mentioned, warning in opposition to stigma and discrimination in monkeypox messaging.

Over 18,000 monkeypox instances have been reported to the WHO from 78 international locations. Greater than 70 per cent of those got here from the European area and 25 per cent from the Americas, he mentioned.

He mentioned that 98 per cent of the reported instances have been amongst males who’ve intercourse with males, stressing that stigma and discrimination might be “as harmful as any virus and might gasoline the outbreak.”

“As we’ve got seen with COVID-19 misinformation,” it may well unfold quickly on-line, he mentioned, “so we name on social media platforms, tech firms and information organizations to work with us to forestall and counter dangerous data.”

Final Saturday, the WHO formally declared monkeypox a public well being emergency of worldwide concern (PHEIC). A PHEIC is the very best stage of alert that the United Nations (UN) well being physique may give.

The WHO has been urging international locations to take the monkeypox outbreak significantly by taking the steps wanted to cease transmission and shield weak teams. “The easiest way to do this is to scale back the chance of publicity and make protected selections,” he mentioned.

“For males who’ve intercourse with males, this consists of, for the second, decreasing your variety of sexual companions, reconsidering intercourse with new companions, and exchanging contact particulars with any new companions to allow follow-up if wanted.”

In the meantime, Canada, the European Union and the US have already accredited the vaccine known as MVA-BN (Modified Vaccinia Ankara – Bavarian Nordic) to be used in opposition to monkeypox, and two different vaccines are additionally being assessed. Nevertheless, as a result of lack of knowledge on the effectiveness and dosage of the vaccines, the WHO at the moment doesn’t suggest mass vaccination in opposition to monkeypox. It additionally urges all international locations which might be administering such vaccines to gather and share important information on their effectiveness.


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