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WHO: Smallpox vaccine up to 85% effective against monkeypox virus

WHO: Smallpox vaccine up to 85% effective against monkeypox virus



 

WHO: Smallpox vaccine up to 85% effective against monkeypox virus.

 

On May 21, local time, the World Health Organization predicted that with the expansion of surveillance, more monkeypox cases are expected worldwide.

According to data from the World Health Organization, as of the 21st, 12 non-monkeypox-endemic countries have reported 92 confirmed cases of monkeypox and 28 suspected cases.

At the same time, Switzerland and Israel also reported the first confirmed cases of monkeypox.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) said 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected monkeypox infections have been reported in 12 member states as of Saturday.

More cases are expected as the WHO expands surveillance in countries where the disease is not typically found.

 

Authorities in Israel and Switzerland also reported their first confirmed cases of monkeypox on Saturday.

 

WHO: Smallpox vaccine up to 85% effective against monkeypox virus

 

 

 

WHO: Smallpox vaccine up to 85% effective against monkeypox virus

The virus that causes monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox, but it is much less severe.

While many fear monkeypox will become the next pandemic, epidemiologists believe that the European monkeypox outbreak is unlikely to develop into a global epidemic.

 

WHO: Smallpox vaccine up to 85% effective against monkeypox virus

 

Fabien Lund of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s CDC, said the monkeypox outbreak was unlikely to last long and that by tracing close contacts, these cases could be well isolated and, if necessary, possible Use drugs and effective vaccines.

 

There is currently no dedicated monkeypox vaccine, but WHO data shows that the smallpox vaccine is 85% effective against the monkeypox virus.

The UK government has already started offering smallpox vaccine to some healthcare workers or people at risk of exposure to monkeypox virus.

 

“However, it is very unlikely that this epidemic will last long. The cases can be well isolated via contact tracing and there are also drugs and effective vaccines that can be used if necessary,” Fabian Lund of Germany’s governmental health agency, the Robert Koch Institute, said.

 

Data shows that vaccines that were used to eradicate smallpox are up to 85 percent effective against monkeypox, according to the WHO.

 

There isn’t a specific vaccine for monkeypox, but a smallpox vaccine does offer some protection.

 

Reuters has reported that the UK has already offered smallpox vaccines to some healthcare workers and others who may have been exposed. Some countries have large stockpiles of the smallpox vaccine as part of pandemic preparedness.

 

 

 

WHO: Smallpox vaccine up to 85% effective against monkeypox virus

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