Monkeypox WHO “Emergency” Verification | au Web Portal International News

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[London = Kazumasa Bando]The World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency committee on the 23rd, regarding the infectious disease “monkeypox” that is spreading in Europe and the United States. Verify if it corresponds to “a situation”. Monkeypox infection has spread in Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and Asia. WHO considers the situation in which infected people unrelated to Africa in the endemic area to be confirmed one after another as “extremely abnormal”.

The Emergency Committee is convened by the Secretary-General Tedros based on the International Health Regulations. Although the state of emergency is not legally enforceable, it encourages each country to take measures such as strengthening quarantine at airports and improving inspections at medical institutions.

According to WHO and others, monkeypox was first identified in 1958 from experimental monkeys. In addition to fever and body pain, a rash appears on the face and limbs. Most are mild and can be cured in a few weeks, but if infected with children, pregnant women, or people with weakened immunity, they may become seriously ill.

Monkeypox is transmitted by touching wild animals that carry the virus. In addition to physical contact with an infected person, the person may be infected by touching the infected person’s droplets or body fluids.

Since May, monkeypox infection has spread to Europe such as the United Kingdom and France, as well as North America, Australia, Israel, and South Korea. WHO announced on the 17th that more than 2,000 cases have been confirmed in 42 countries between the beginning of this year and the 15th. 84% of infected people are concentrated in WHO’s European region (including former Soviet Union countries and Turkey). By country, the largest number is 524 in the United Kingdom, followed by Spain with 313 and Germany with 263. Not confirmed in Japan.

Monkeypox has so far been prevalent mainly in the rainforest regions of Africa. It is the first time that a large number of monkeypox have been confirmed at the same time in a wide area of ​​the world, and WHO is becoming more vigilant.

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