WHO warns against false composure over monkeypox

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The number of monkeypox cases worldwide has shrunk significantly, and the outbreaks that first appeared in many countries in 2022 are under control. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva warns against false composure because neither tests nor sufficient vaccines are available, especially in Africa.

This could threaten the world: “We could have a virus variant in three years that is much less containable – that’s a real risk,” WHO monkeypox expert Rosamund Lewis told dpa.

She urged that doctors and clinics must also continue to consider monkeypox as a diagnosis when people come in with fever or rash. Clinics specializing in HIV and sexually transmitted diseases should routinely test for monkeypox.

Above all, she said, rapid tests and more vaccines need to be developed to detect and contain new outbreaks worldwide as quickly as possible as of early January, WHO had recorded nearly 84,000 confirmed cases and 75 deaths worldwide, with many cases believed to go undetected. The number of new infections reported each week has dropped by 90 percent since July.

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