WHO Declares a New Global Health Emergency: The Monkeypox Outbreak

WHO Declares a New Global Health Emergency: The Monkeypox Outbreak
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Over 70 countries across the world are now dealing with monkeypox cases. People infected with the disease manifest symptoms such as rash, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and more. The viral disease seems to spread mostly among gay and bisexual men, but experts say that anybody can become infected.

According to The Hill, a press conference was held on Saturday by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), where he said that the monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency. Furthermore, the head of the WHO believes that there must be an international concern for the spread of the viral disease.

Can monkeypox become a new pandemic?

Thanks to Dr. Amesh Adalja, we know that there’s no reason to worry about the monkeypox virus becoming a new pandemic. The doctor brings a brief explanation along with some strong arguments: the world has vaccines and medicines to tackle monkeypox, and the virus is significantly less contagious than COVID, the disease that’s causing the ongoing pandemic.

However, we shared the news a few days ago that more vaccines are still needed for monkeypox. One person willing to get vaccinated needs to receive two jabs.

Dr. Claire Dewsnap, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, explained as Daily Mail quotes:

Health officials have told us the current strategy is to get hold of 50,000 doses of the vaccine, but since we need to give out two doses, that means only 25,000 people will get them and that’s not nearly enough,

Currently monkeypox is just affecting this sub-group of Britons, but if cases keep rising it won’t stay that way. When it eventually breaks out into the wider population, we’ll need a lot more vaccines than we can feasibly get our hands on.

Acting cautiously remains, perhaps, the best thing to do in this period.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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