WHO Appeals Against Monkeypox: Amidst the increase in monkeypox infection, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged affected countries to identify all cases and contacts to control the disease. He has tweeted about this.
Cases have been reported in 29 countries
He tweeted and wrote that so far more than 1 thousand monkeypox cases have been reported in 29 countries, whereas, the disease is not local in these countries. However, no deaths have occurred in these countries so far. In such a situation, WHO urges affected countries to identify all cases and contacts to control the outbreak and prevent infection.
Threat of Monkeypox to these countries
He said that monkeypox can be established permanently in non-local countries. Its danger is very high. Speaking about vaccines, Tedros said that antivirals and vaccines have been approved for monkeypox vaccine, but their supplies are limited. WHO is working on developing a coordination mechanism based on public health needs.
vaccination is needed
Tedros said that mass vaccination (monkeypox vaccination) is necessary, as the disease has spread to 29 countries so far. He said that those who have symptoms of monkeypox should stay at home and those sharing the house with infected people should avoid close contact.
This virus has been present for many decades
He said that this virus has been in Africa for decades and is the cause of death of people. When it started affecting developed countries, the world got attention. According to WHO, monkeypox is usually a self-limiting disease and usually lasts for 2 to 4 weeks. It can be serious in children, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems. Its symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. This is followed by rashes or sores on the skin.