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WHO Director-General urges countries to control Monkeypox

BP World Bureau | Jun 09 2022 11:21:22 AM
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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged affected countries to identify all cases and contacts to control the outbreak in an address on Wednesday in Geneva amid a surge in Monkeypox infections.

"Over 1,000 #monkeypox cases have been reported from 29 countries where the disease is not endemic, with no deaths reported so far in these countries. @WHO urges affected countries to identify all cases and contacts to control the outbreak and prevent onward spread," he tweeted.

He said no deaths have been reported so far but added that the risk of monkeypox establishing in non-endemic countries is real. 

Talking regarding the vaccines, Tedros expressed, "There are antivirals and vaccines approved for monkeypox but these are in limited supply." He added that WHO is working on developing a coordination mechanism based on public health needs and mass vaccination is necessary as the disease has spread to 29 countries.

"People with symptoms should stay at home and ones sharing home with infected ones must avoid close contact, he stressed.

"The communities living with the threat of the virus every day deserve the same concern, the same care and the same tools to protect themselves," the WHO chief stated.