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WHO: 14000 monkeypox cases reported worldwide and 5 deaths

WHO: 14000 monkeypox cases reported worldwide and 5 deaths



 

WHO: 14000 monkeypox cases reported worldwide and 5 deaths.

The global outbreak of monkeypox has grown to nearly 14,000 cases, including five deaths, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said on Wednesday.

While the outbreak is largely concentrated in Europe, the five deaths were reported in African countries. Some countries are starting to record a decline in cases, but this week six countries reported their first cases.

 

WHO: 14000 monkeypox cases reported worldwide and 5 deaths

 

 

“Tomorrow, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee will meet again to review the latest data and consider whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern,” Tedros said. “Irrespective of the committee’s recommendations, WHO will continue to do everything we can to support countries in stopping transmission and saving lives.”

 

Tedros said that the current global supply of vaccines and diagnostics is not equitable, and the WHO will work to ensure that vaccines reach low-income countries.

 

Earlier this week, WHO updated its guidance for men who have sex with men (MSM), the group at the highest risk of infection.

The agency urged the MSM group to be aware that symptoms may develop within 21 days of being in contact with an infected person, and said MSM groups should self-isolate while awaiting test results.

 

 

 

UK monkeypox cases have grown to 2,137

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Wednesday there were 281 new confirmed cases of monkeypox in the country, bringing the national total to 2,137.

 

HHS also said it had ordered 100,000 doses of Bavaria Nordic’s monkeypox vaccine, in addition to the 30,000 doses previously purchased by the national health system.

The vaccine is currently being offered to the MSM population.

 

Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam, Head of Immunisation at the UK Health Security Agency, said: “While the current outbreak of monkeypox is mostly mild, some people can develop severe disease, so it is imperative that we use existing vaccines to help those groups where transmission is occurring. “We continue to urge anyone with a blister rash or any other symptoms of monkeypox to take breaks when attending events, meeting friends or having sex.”

 

The agency also updated its guidance for close contacts of cases, saying close contacts no longer need to quarantine for 21 days unless they start showing symptoms.

However, close contacts should avoid sex, kissing and hugging until the 21 days have passed.

 

In other news, there were 136 new confirmed cases of monkeypox in the U.S., bringing the total to 2,108. The number of affected jurisdictions remains at 45.

New York state has the most cases with 581, followed by California with 267 cases and Illinois with 200 cases.

 

 

 

 

 

WHO: 14000 monkeypox cases reported worldwide and 5 deaths

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