The international emergency due to the outbreak of monkeypox, which totals more than 18,000 cases, can be stopped “if its risks are taken seriously and the necessary steps are taken to stop its transmission”, The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, assured this Wednesday.
The Ethiopian expert warned that a tenth of the cases have required hospitalization, and insisted that 98% of infections for now are concentrated in the group of men who have sex with other menso he asked this group to lead preventive measures.
“This, for the moment, includes reducing the number of sexual partners, reconsidering new ones, and exchanging contact details just in case“, advised Tedros, who despite addressing this group in particular, warned that anyone can get infected and that it is necessary to fight against “stigma and discrimination” affected groups may suffer.
“As we saw with covidmisinformation can spread quickly on the internet“, indicated the head of the WHO, who in this sense asked social networks and the media to help them to avoid the dissemination of harmful information.
Tedros He insisted that in addition to sexual contact, monkeypox can be spread by mere physical contact.“including hugging, kissing, or using contaminated towels or bedding.”
The CEO recalled that three are shuffled for now vaccines to prevent the outbreakalthough for nowor mass vaccinations are contemplated: the MVA-BN (manufactured in Denmark), the Japanese LC16 and the American ACAM2000, initially developed against conventional smallpox.
He indicated in which there are no complete data on its effectiveness yet or about the number of doses necessary to be protected, he insisted that from its inoculation it takes weeks to develop defenses in the organism, and affirmed that there could be initial availability problems in many countries.
In the case of the MVA-BN vaccine, for example, the manufacturing company has raw material for some 16 million doses, but these are still in the manufacturing period and “it could take months to be ready for use,” Tedros said. .
Spain is for now the country that has reported the most cases in the world (3,595, a fifth of the total), followed by the USA (2,881), Germany (2,410), the United Kingdom (2,208) and France (1,567).
70% of the cases are concentrated in Europe, and 25% in America, where there are also significant numbers of infections in Brazil (696), Canada (681), Peru (203) and Mexico (59).