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WHO: People at risk of or at risk of monkeypox should be vaccinated

The World Health Organization is urging people who may be at risk of monkeypox or who are at risk of monkeypox to get vaccinated against the disease as a preventive measure.

Since it declared monkeypox a global health threat last week, the WHO says the disease continues to spread around the world, with 16,000 cases reported in at least 75 countries.

The WHO says the outbreak is mainly concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sex partners. It warns against stigmatizing an entire group of people, as this can rapidly spread the disease underground.

WHO’s technical leader on monkeypox, Rosamund Lewis, says outbreaks can be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups. She says mass vaccination is not needed, but WHO recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed or are at risk.

People Wait In Line To Receive The Monkeypox Vaccine Before A New Mass Vaccination Site Opens At The Bushwick Education Campus In Brooklyn, New York, On July 17, 2022.

People wait in line to receive the monkeypox vaccine before a new mass vaccination site opens at the Bushwick Education Campus in Brooklyn, New York, on July 17, 2022.

“When someone is vaccinated, it takes several weeks for an immune response to be generated by the body. So, it’s not something that you can be vaccinated against one day and protected the next. You have to give it some Time is needed,” Lewis said. , “So, the people we’re recommending to get vaccinated right now are anyone who’s been in contact with someone who may be confirmed to have monkeypox. And so, it could be family members. . It could be other close contacts.”

She says that even children are not untouched by this disease. There have been 80 to 90 cases of monkeypox in children in many countries, mostly in homes where someone was infected.

Monkeypox virus spreads from person to person through close physical contact. It can cause a number of symptoms, including painful sores. People at higher risk for disease or complications include pregnant women, children, and immunocompromised people.

European countries have the most confirmed cases. Although monkeypox is endemic in Africa, where it has been present since the 1970s, the reported caseload is relatively low. For example, Nigeria reports 101 cases, and the Democratic Republic of Congo has 163 confirmed cases out of more than 2,000 suspected cases.

Lewis says the number of suspected cases in the DRC is high because the country’s ability to confirm cases through laboratory testing is limited. She says testing needs to be supported and increased.

“Suspicious cases could be other things. They could also be measles. They could be chickenpox. There is no vaccine for chickenpox in that environment. Therefore, it is critically important to support countries to access testing.” This is one of the most important things that WHO is trying to do right now,” she said. “At the same time, in global reports, what we are reporting are confirmed and probable cases.”

For now, there are no monkeypox restrictions on travel. However, WHO advises anyone with signs or symptoms consistent with monkeypox virus to avoid travel and isolate for the duration of the illness.

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