WHO: Number of global monkeypox cases exceeded 18 thousand

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared the latest developments on the monkeypox epidemic at the press conference held at the Organization’s headquarters in Geneva.

Stating that WHO has confirmed 18 thousand cases from 78 countries so far, Ghebreyesus said, “70 percent of the cases are in the WHO’s European Region, and 25 percent are in the Americas.” said.

10 percent of cases were taken to hospital
Stating that 10 percent of the cases have been hospitalized as of now, Ghebreyesus said, “This epidemic can be stopped if countries, communities and individuals take this risk seriously and take the necessary measures to prevent the spread.” made its assessment.

Emphasizing that monkeypox can also be transmitted from man to man through hugging, kissing, the use of dirty towels and sheets other than sexual intercourse, Ghebreyesus said, “WHO recommends vaccination for people who catch monkeypox and are at risk of catching it.” used the phrase.

Ghebreyesus, sharing the information that MVA-BN, one of the smallpox vaccines, has been approved by Canada, the European Union and the USA, “The use of LC16 and ACAM2000 vaccines against monkeypox is also focused on.” he said.

Emphasizing that there is insufficient data on the effect of smallpox vaccines against monkeypox and how many doses of vaccine are needed, Ghebreysus called on WHO member countries that have vaccines to share information.

WHO’s monkeypox expert, who was at the meeting, Dr. Rosamund Lewis, AA reporter, asked whether mass vaccination against monkeypox is expected or not, “We do not recommend mass vaccination for now. The virus affects people belonging to a certain group and behavioral interventions can also be effective against the virus.” gave the answer.

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