WHO: Monkeypox Must be Controlled Quickly

The transmission of monkeypox however is much slower than other viruses.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, GENEVA — A senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday (27/5/2022) said control monkey pox in non-endemic countries should be done quickly. This step needs to be taken to tackle the widespread spread of monkeypox.

“We think if we put the right steps in place now, we can deal with it easily,” said Sylvie Briand, WHO Director for Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness.

Briand stressed that there were opportunities to prevent further spread. He urged the public not to worry because the transmission is much slower than other viruses such as the corona virus.

Meanwhile, the Head of the WHO Smallpox Secretariat which is part of the WHO Emergency Programme, Rosamund Lewis, said that at this time there was no need for mass smallpox vaccination. “Case investigation, contact tracing, isolation at home will be your best option,” he said.

Monkeypox is usually a mild viral infection, and is endemic in African countries. But its spread has begun to spread to non-endemic countries such as Europe and the United States, which has raised concerns. Most cases of monkeypox were found in young men who had never previously traveled to Africa.

So far, more than 200 countries have confirmed or suspected monkeypox. Monkeypox virus comes from primates and other wild animals. Monkeypox has symptoms of fever, body aches, chills, and fatigue in most of the patients. People with severe cases may develop a rash on the face, hands, and other parts of the body. Previously, the President of the United States (US) Joe Biden was worried about the spread of monkeypox cases.

“It’s a concern because if it spreads, it will have consequences. They haven’t told me the level of exposure, but it’s something everyone should be aware of,” Biden said.

Monkeypox or monkeypox is rarely identified outside of Africa. Monkeypox belongs to the same viral family as smallpox, with milder symptoms. People who get monkeypox usually recover in two to four weeks without needing to be hospitalized. But the disease is sometimes deadly.


source: Reuters/AP

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