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WHO chief’s warning Monkeypox may take root in previously out of danger countries

All countries to identify cases of monkeypox and control the infection. So far, about 1,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 29 countries.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the risk of monkeypox is increasing in non-endemic countries amid the increase in monkeypox infections worldwide .

He said the threat of monkeypox gaining a foothold in non-endemic countries that were previously out of danger is real.

He has appealed to all countries to identify cases of monkeypox and control the infection. So far, about 1,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 29 countries.

WHO is preparing for large-scale vaccination

Tredos said that no death of any patient infected with monkeypox has been reported so far in any of the new countries.

On vaccination, he said, “There are antivirals and vaccines for monkeypox around the world, but their supply is limited right now.”

He said that WHO is working on developing a coordination mechanism based on public health needs and is working towards large-scale vaccination .

The world is paying attention to monkeypox as it spread to developed countries – WHO

Tedros said that the monkeypox virus has been spreading in Africa for decades and thousands of people have been infected by it, but the world’s attention has turned to the disease when it started affecting developed countries.

He advised that people infected with monkeypox should stay at home and those sharing homes with infected people should avoid coming in contact with it.

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease. This disease is caused by infection with monkeypox virus which comes from the orthopoxvirus genus of the family Poxviridae.

The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes the viruses that cause smallpox and cowpox. Monkeypox virus was first detected in 1958. Then a disease like pox was seen due to this virus in the monkey settlements prepared for research.


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In which countries have cases of monkeypox been reported?

According to WHO, cases of monkeypox have been reported in 29 countries of the world.

These include United Arab Emirates (UAE), USA, Australia, Austria, Morocco, Canada, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany, UK, Portugal, Israel, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Argentina, Finland, Mexico and Spain. Other countries are included.

Of these, Britain, Portugal and Spain are the most affected. Rave parties of Spain and Belgium have been blamed for this. The governments there have asked homosexuals to be vigilant.

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