Illustration of Monkey Pox. The WHO said continued transmission of monkeypox around the world could allow the virus to start moving to high-risk groups. (Pixabay.com/TheDigitalArtist)
WHO says continued transmission of monkeypox around the world could allow the virus to start moving to high-risk groups
Pregnant women, people with immune disorders, and children are vulnerable groups to monkeypox.
“I am concerned about continued transmission because it would indicate that the virus is self-establishing and can transfer to high-risk groups including children, immunocompromised persons and pregnant women,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. ANTARAWednesday (30/6/2022).
The WHO is investigating reports of children infected with monkeypox, including two cases in the UK, as well as following up on reports in Spain and France. None of the cases in children were severe.
The virus has now been identified in more than 50 new countries outside of the countries in Africa where it is endemic.
Cases are also increasing in those countries, said the WHO, which is calling for increased testing.
Since the outbreak began last May, there have been more than 3,400 monkey pox case and one death.
Most of the cases reported in Europe, including men who have sex with men, according to a WHO count.
This year, there have also been more than 1,500 cases and 66 deaths in countries where the spread is more common.
Last week, the WHO ruled that monkeypox did not represent a public health emergency requiring the highest level of vigilance.