1,000 cases reported worldwide, WHO fears virus spread to non-endemic countries

The organization’s director general urges countries to strengthen health surveillance to “identify all cases and contact cases to control this outbreak and prevent infection.”

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The risk is “drum” that the monkeypox virus is spreading to non-endemic countries, with 1,000 cases already reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday (June 8th). The director general of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, however assured at the press conference “This scenario can be avoided.”

Consequently, it encourages countries to increase their health surveillance measures in order to arrive „To identify all cases and contact cases to control this outbreak and prevent contagion”. “WHO is particularly vulnerable to the risks posed by the virus to vulnerable groups, especially children and the elderly”an explained Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

WHO has repeatedly stressed that “the sudden and unexpected appearance” of viruses in non-endemic countries suggests that it has been circulating for some time now, but that its transmission was not detected. The vast majority of reported cases so far concern „Men having sex with men” Several cases of Community transmission, including in women, have been reported.

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