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WHO Chief warns of Monkeypox risk in non-endemic countries

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Health workers screen passengers arriving from abroad for Monkeypox symptoms at Anna International Airport terminal in Chennai, India, on June 3, 2022.

SWITZERLAND: Amid a surge in Monkeypox infections, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged affected countries to identify all cases and contacts to control the outbreak in an address on Wednesday.

“Over 1,000 #monkeypox cases have been reported from 29 countries where the disease is not endemic, with no deaths reported so far in these countries. @WHO urges affected countries to identify all cases and contacts to control the outbreak and prevent onward spread,” tweeted Tedros.

Emphasizing further on prevention of the onward spread of the disease, he said no deaths have been reported so far but the risk of Monkeypox establishing in non-endemic countries is real.

He also highlighted how the virus has been living and killing in Africa for decades but the world has now paid attention when it has started affecting the high-income countries.

According to WHO, Monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease and typically lasts 2 to 4 weeks.

It may be severe in children, pregnant women or persons with immune suppression due to other conditions. The incubation period is usually 6 to 13 days but it can be longer from 5 to 21 days.

– NDTV

 

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