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Monkey pox: there are still “reasons for concern” according to the WHO, which maintains the maximum health alert

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published on Tuesday, November 01, 2022 at 6:03 p.m.

The WHO has decided to maintain the maximum health alert on monkeypox, according to a press release from the organization published on Tuesday, November 1.

A noticeable drop in cases has been noted in the most affected countries in Europe and America. Despite this improvement, the WHO decided to maintain maximum health alert on monkeypox, according to a press release from the organization published on Tuesday, November 1.

The WHO Emergency Committee has ruled that despite progress in controlling outbreaks of the viral disease, there are still “reasons to worry”, in particular because of new infections in certain countries, but also the lack of resources in poor countries or the risk of stigmatizing populations at risk, emphasizes the press release from the group of experts who met on 20 October. The Public Health Emergency of International Concern – the highest level of WHO health alert – was declared on July 23 by the organization’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The disease – which is endemic in some West African countries – is characterized by skin rashes, which may appear on the genitals or in the mouth, and may be accompanied by flare-ups 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, the sufferers so far have been relatively young men who have sex with men.

58 countries have not reported a case for 21 days

The WHO has from the outset warned against any stigma particular community, emphasizing that transmission was not confined to men who have sex with men. A number of women and children (outside the endemic area) have contracted the disease. It is thanks in particular to the mobilization and awareness campaigns of LGBTQ rights organizations that the hostels have been reduced. As of October 31, 77,264 cases have been recorded in 103 countries and the disease has claimed 36 lives, according to the WHO dashboard.

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

During the week of October 24 to 30, Nigeria recorded the biggest rise among 15 countries that have seen cases rise. In contrast, 58 countries have not reported a case for 21 days, which corresponds to the maximum incubation period of the disease during which a carrier does not show any of the very characteristic symptoms of the disease.

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