“Mostly for men who have sex with other men.” – a couple of weeks after Pride Month???
The chief of the World Health Organization official stated that the monkeypox outbreak is a global health emergency. The announcement appeared this Saturday morning, and multiple outlets have covered this story.
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The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the emergency even though there was a lack of consensus of experts in the UN’s health agency’s emergency committee.
“We have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly through new modes of transmission about which we understand too little and which meets the criteria in the international health regulations,” Tedros said. “I know this has not been an easy or straightforward process and that there are divergent views among the [committee] members.”
This virus appeared in more than 70 countries and can be found chiefly among men who have intercourse with other men. Reportedly, it has been found in two children, one in California.
The CDC stated that the cases were the result of household transmission and weren’t linked with each other.
The infected resident in California is a toddler, and the other one is an infant who was “transiting” through Washington DC.
Furthermore, from the CDC announcement, we can conclude that the virus isn’t technically a sexually translated disease, and it is transmitted through physical contact with the infected person.
The WHO warned that the cases of monkeypox had reached extraordinary levels, and it’s the cause for more spending on the vaccine.
We have to bear in mind that this doesn’t mean the disease is more contagious than others or even lethal.
Dr. Michael Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies chief, stated that the decision was “the global community takes the current outbreaks seriously.”
The declaration is regarded as an extraordinary event that requires more money to get attention to the outbreak.
Until today, there have been over 16,000 reported cases of monkeypox in 74 counties. Death cases have been reported in Africa, where the virus has been prominent for decades. There the virus is transmitted to humans through wild animals.
Dr. Rosamund Lewis, the WHO’s top monkeypox expert, stated that this week the reported cases outside of Africa were among men, 98% in men who have gay sex.
Tedros said, “Although I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern for the moment, this is an outbreak that is concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sexual partners. That means that this is an outbreak that can be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups.”