Monkeypox Cannot Be Considered a Pandemic

The virus from the disease is not contagious, infectious disease expert Yevgeny Timakov told TASS, responding to calls from the world health network calling monkeypox a pandemic.

“This disease is not considered a pandemic at all. Few are sick, not very contagious. The virus may have changed in some ways, but poses no danger on a global scale,” explained the expert, as quoted from The Moscow Times.

The virus is transmitted only through close contact with the infected.

Experts also note that increased monitoring of people entering the Russian Federation from countries where cases of infection have been recorded.

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease, usually transmitted to humans by wild animals such as rodents and primates. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and fatigue. It may also involve a skin rash. According to WHO, usually the mortality coefficient during monkeypox outbreaks ranges from 1 to 10 percent with the majority of deaths in younger age groups.

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