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Monkeypox presents moderate risk to public health, WHO says

Monkeypox presents moderate risk to public health, WHO says

After instances were identified in places where the disease is not normally seen, the World Health Organization stated on Sunday that monkeypox poses a “moderate danger” to global public health.

“If this virus takes advantage of the opportunity to establish itself as a human pathogen and spreads to individuals at higher risk of severe diseases, such as small children and immunocompromised people, the public health risk might rise dramatically,” WHO added.

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According to the World Health Organization, a total of 257 confirmed cases and 120 suspected cases have been recorded from 23 non-endemic member states as of May 26. So far, no fatalities have been reported.

The unexpected development of monkeypox in multiple non-endemic countries, according to the WHO, indicates undiscovered transmission for some time and recent amplifying events.

As surveillance in endemic and non-endemic nations expands, the agency expects more instances to be recorded.

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Monkeypox is a contagious disease that is endemic in portions of west and central Africa. It is usually mild. Because it is spread by intimate contact, it is relatively easy to contain using self-isolation and hygiene precautions.

The majority of the cases recorded thus far have been found in the United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal.

“The great majority of reported cases so far have no proven travel links to an endemic area and have presented through basic care or sexual health services,” according to the United Nations agency.

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