An unusual wave of monkeypox cases in non-endemic regions has raised the possibility of another global health crisis, even when COVID-19 persists, 16 hours ago. The situation is evolving and WHO expects more cases of monkeypox to be identified as surveillance expands in non-endemic countries. Immediate actions focus on informing people who may be at increased risk of monkeypox infection with accurate information, in order to stop further spread. Currently available evidence suggests that people who are most at risk are those who have had close physical contact with a person with monkeypox, while having symptoms.
WHO is also working to provide guidance to protect front-line health care providers and other health workers who may be at risk, such as cleaners. WHO will provide further technical recommendations in the coming days. So far, there have been no deaths associated with this outbreak. Immediate actions focus on informing people most at risk of monkeypox infection with accurate information, stopping the spread and protecting frontline workers.
The most promising thing is that the existing smallpox vaccine is effective against monkeypox. Widespread smallpox vaccines were responsible for monkeypox remaining inactive for more than 40 years, Vespignani says.
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