The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the end of the global health emergency for monkeypox, highlighting progress in controlling the epidemic and the significant drop in the number of reported cases, despite the identification of a new cluster of infections in Chicago earlier this year. week.
The World Health Organization said that the decision to end the global health emergency was taken based on factors including the lack of change in the severity of the disease and its clinical manifestations.
He said nearly 90% fewer cases were reported in the past three months, compared to the previous three, prompting the World Health Organization to declare an end to the state of emergency. announce Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
However, the IHR Emergency Committee said there were still concerns about the virus that needed to be addressed, including the need for more information about how the disease is transmitted in some countries.
The Committee also expressed concern about the need for a more effective response to the spread of the virus in some African countries where smallpox is common. In addition, the committee notes the possibility of a resurgence of the virus during the coming summer months, adding that “long-term control and eradication” is unlikely without funding and external support.
The number of reported cases of monkeypox has increased in Chicago in recent days, several news outlets have reported, raising concerns about a possible surge in cases in the gay community as the month approaches in the US. Pride.
Monkeypox is a rare disease that was first discovered in 1958 and is caused by the smallpox virus. It was named after outbreaks of smallpox-like cases in towns where monkeys were kept for research. Smallpox, caused by a viral infection, can be transmitted through interactions with infected people or animals, including through the exchange of bodily fluids or through a cut in the skin of an infected person.
Worldwide, from May 9, 2021 to January 1, 2022, 87,314 cases of monkeypox It was reported, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Anna Fajoy
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