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WHO says monkeypox outbreak in Europe can be ended

LondonAug 30 – It is possible to end the monkeypox outbreak in Europe, World Health Organization officials said on Tuesday, highlighting that the number of cases is declining in a handful of countries.

There are encouraging signs of a steady week-on-week decline in case numbers in several European countries, including France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the UK, as well as a slowdown in parts of the US despite tight supplies of vaccines.

“We believe that we can eliminate the continued human-to-human transmission of monkeypox in the (European) region,” said the regional director of OMS For Europe, Hans Kluge. “To move towards elimination, (…) we urgently need to intensify our efforts.”

The rollout of Bavarian Nordic’s monkeypox vaccine has been hit by a limited supply of the shot, which is also approved to prevent smallpox, though regulators are taking steps to expand the stock.

Regulatory bodies in the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom have supported changing the way the vaccine is administered by injecting a small amount of injection intravenously, which is five of the doses that can be used from a single vial. is fold.

In addition to shortages in vaccine supplies, the key factor behind the slowdown appears to be early detection, given the time it takes for the vaccine to be deployed and effective, said senior emergency officer Catherine Smallwood. and behavior changes. monkeypox event manager OMS/ Europe at a press conference.

“We have some very good anecdotal evidence that people — especially men who have sex with men who are in particular risk groups — are more aware of the disease.”

Since the beginning of May, there have been more than 47,600 confirmed cases in 90 countries where monkeypox is not endemic. OMS The outbreak has been declared a global health emergency.

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