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WHO warns Monkeypox could transmit disease in summer

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According to WHO, it was determined to stop monkeypox transmission by stopping human transmission as much as possible. However, the WHO warned that there is a high possibility of further transmission this summer in Europe.

In a statement

According to the WHO, the European Region “remains at the epicenter of the most severe and widespread monkeypox disease ever reported in non-endemic areas of western and central Africa”.

Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, spoke out in response to the increase in monkeypox cases across Europe over the past 2 weeks. He described the steps necessary to “rapidly explore and control this rapidly evolving situation”.

According to the Xinhua news agency, the WHO European office is worried that the recent lifting pandemic restrictions on international travel could lead to rapid transmission.

“Monkeypox already has spread against the backdrop to several mass gatherings within the region. Kluge stated in the statement that over the coming months, many festivals and large parties will provide additional contexts where amplifying events may occur.

“The potential to further transmit in Europe and elsewhere this summer is high.”

He called for strengthening “cross-country collaboration, information-sharing mechanisms and heightened surveillance and community communication” in order to stop misinformation being “amplified online or through other sources, leading ultimately to negative public health outcomes”.

“Our goal in containing this outbreak is to stop human to human transmission to the maximum degree possible,” added the WHO Regional Director. He called on people to share information and increase their awareness about monkeypox.

He said that the extensive measures taken to combat Covid-19 were not necessary to fight monkeypox in Europe “because the virus doesn’t spread in the same manner.”

The UK Health Security Agency, (UKHSA), announced Tuesday that 190 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in the country since May 7.

UKHSA says the UK’s population is not at risk, but it asks people to be aware of any new lesions or rashes that could appear as spots, ulcers, or blisters on any part.

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