Monkey pox: There are still ‘reasons for concern’ according to the WHO, which maintains maximum health alert – Acto Orange

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 6:03 pm

The World Health Organization has decided to maintain maximum health preparedness for monkeypox, according to a press release from the organization published on Tuesday, November 1.

a Significant decrease in cases It is observed in the most affected countries in Europe and America. Despite this improvement, the World Health Organization decided Maintain the highest level of health preparedness about monkeypox, according to a press release from the organization published on Tuesday, November 1.

The WHO Emergency Committee decided that despite the progress made in controlling the outbreak of the viral disease, There are still “reasons for concern”, In particular because of new infections in some countries, but also because of the lack of resources in poor countries or risk of stigmatization of at-risk populations, This confirms the press release from the group of experts who met on 20 October. Public health emergency of international concern – WHO’s highest level of health preparedness – announced on July 23 by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The disease – which is endemic in some West African countries – is one of its features rash that may appear on the genitals or in the mouth, and may be accompanied by bouts of fever, sore throat or pain in the lymph nodes. From May, health authorities noted outbreaks in Europe and the United States. In most cases, those infected to date have been relatively young men who have sex with men.

58 countries have not reported a case in 21 days

The World Health Organization warned from the start Against any stain specific community, while emphasizing that transmission of infection was not limited to men who have sex with men. A number of women and children (outside the endemic area) became ill. Thanks to mobilization and awareness campaigns by LGBT rights organizations, hostels have been scaled back. As of October 31, 77,264 cases have been recorded in 103 countries and the disease has claimed 36 lives, according to the WHO’s dashboard.

During the week of October 24-30, The number of cases worldwide has decreased by 40.7%. The majority of new infections in the past month occurred in the Americas (88.7%) and in the WHO’s Europe region, which includes 53 countries (7.7%). The 10 worst affected countries are the United States, Brazil, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Canada. They alone account for 86.4% of all cases listed worldwide.

During the week of October 24-30, Nigerian The largest rise was recorded among the 15 countries that saw the rise in cases. in contrast, 58 countries have not reported any case for 21 days, Which corresponds to the maximum incubation period of the disease during which the carrier does not show any of the very characteristic symptoms of the disease.

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