Identification of monkeypox with no direct travel link highly unusual: WHO

As the monkeypox virus spreads to more countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that “the identification of confirmed and suspected cases of monkeypox not directly linked to an endemic area represents a very unusual “.

The UN health body acknowledged that “surveillance” in the non-endemic area has been limited, although it warned that more cases could be reported in non-endemic areas in the coming days.

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Meanwhile, Switzerland became the latest European country to report the first case of the monkeypox virus from someone who had recently traveled abroad.

Several European countries, including Germany, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, have already reported cases of monkeypox virus, including in the United States.

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Symptoms of the rare virus include muscle pain, fever, exhaustion and rash. The WHO said it would go away in two or four weeks. The UK had earlier said it had an effective vaccine against the virus.

Meanwhile, reports claim that the Indian government has put the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on alert even as the Kerala state government has asked health officials to remain vigilant.

At least 92 cases of monkeypox have been reported through Saturday, with the virus spreading to Switzerland and Israel. The WHO said human-to-human transmission occurs due to close contact.

(With agency contributions)

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