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Monkeypox outbreak unlikely pandemic, says World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) says an outbreak of monkeypox outside Africa will not lead to a pandemic, an official has said, adding that it is still unclear whether infected people who are not displaying symptoms can transmit the disease. Huh.

More than 300 suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox – a usually mild illness that is spread by close contact and can cause flu-like symptoms and pus-filled skin sores – have been reported in May, mostly in Europe.

WHO is considering whether the outbreak should be assessed as a “potential public health emergency of international concern” or PHEIC.

Such an announcement, as was made for COVID-19 and Ebola, would help accelerate research and funding to prevent the disease.

Asked whether this monkeypox outbreak has the potential to develop into a pandemic, the technical lead for monkeypox from the WHO Health Emergency Program, Rosamund Lewis, said: “We don’t know, but we don’t think so.”

Once monkeypox has been contracted, the period of rash and scabs is recognized as a contagious period, but there is limited information about whether the virus has been transmitted by people who have contracted monkeypox, he said. are not symptomatic, he said.

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