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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

As per the WHO, the global monkeypox outbreak has reached 257 confirmed cases

According to the WHO, the global monkeypox outbreak has 257 confirmed cases.

Key Takeaways:

  • As of Thursday, the WHO had received reports of 257 confirmed monkeypox cases and approximately 120 suspected cases in 23 nations where the virus is not endemic.
  • Monkeypox, according to the World Health Organization, is an extremely rare contagious infection that is similar to smallpox but less severe clinically.

In a Sunday update, the WHO said it had gotten reports of 257 confirmed monkeypox cases as well as about 120 suspected cases in 23 countries where the virus is not endemic as of Thursday.

As of Friday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control, as well as Prevention (CDC), documented 12 cases in eight states in the United States.

The WHO said it had received reports of 1,365 cases and 69 fatalities related to monkeypox in five African nations where the virus is endemic. These diseases were recorded between the middle of December and the end of May.

In nonendemic nations, no deaths have been documented.

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“Since 2017, the few deaths of monkeypox patients in West Africa have been linked to young age or untreated HIV infection,” the WHO said in a report released on Sunday.

“Considering this is the first occasion that monkeypox cases, as well as clusters, are reported concurrently in widely diverse WHO geographical areas, and also without known epidemiological ties to nonendemic countries in West or Central Africa,” the WHO said the global public health risk level is moderate.

“The public health risk could become significant if this virus takes advantage of the opportunity to develop itself as a human pathogen and spreads to individuals at higher risk of severe diseases, such as young children and immunocompromised people,” the WHO warned in its report.

Health care providers are being urged to keep an eye out for symptoms such as rash, fever, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, headache, muscular aches, and exhaustion, and to provide testing to anyone who exhibits these signs and symptoms.

According to the WHO, the global monkeypox outbreak has 257 confirmed cases.
According to the WHO, the global monkeypox outbreak has 257 confirmed cases. Image from Reuters

Given that most of the outbreak’s initial cases have been documented among males who have sex with men, the WHO advised that “all efforts should be made” to prevent stigmatizing affected people and communities.

According to the WHO, monkeypox is an extremely rare contagious illness similar to smallpox but is clinically less severe. The infection develops into a rash and sores that blister and scab over. This can occur anywhere on the body. The ailment lasts 2 to 4 weeks on average.

Although monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted illness, it can be spread by close contact during sex when a rash is present.

Scientists are decoding the genetic code of viral samples from outbreak patients to understand the outbreak’s origins. Still, according to the WHO, “preliminary studies confirm that the genomes correspond to the West African clade of monkeypox virus.”

Source: CTV News

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