Monkeypox a pandemic, says Global Health Network

As more countries are gripped by the monkeypox epidemic, the Global Health Network (WHN), an independent coalition of scientists formed to combat the threat of COVID-19, has declared the disease a pandemic. The WHN said the essential purpose of declaring a pandemic is to achieve a concerted effort in multiple countries or globally to prevent widespread harm. An infection is declared a pandemic when it spreads over a large area, crossing international borders and usually affecting a large number of people.

There are 3,417 confirmed cases of monkeypox reported in 58 countries and the outbreak is growing rapidly across multiple continents, it said in a statement.

The announcement comes ahead of the World Health Organization (WHO) meeting currently taking place (June 23) to decide on the designation of the monkeypox outbreak.

“There is no reason to wait for the monkeypox pandemic to develop further. The best time to act is now. By taking immediate action, we can control the outbreak with the least effort and prevent the consequences from getting worse,” said Yaneer Bar-Yam, PhD, president of the New England Complex System Institute and co-founder of WHN.

“The actions needed now only require clear public communication about symptoms, widely available testing and contact tracing with very few in quarantine. Any delay only makes the effort more difficult and the consequences more serious.

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Even with death rates far below those of smallpox, unless action is taken to stop the ongoing spread – actions that can be practically implemented – millions of people will die and many more will become blind and disabled, he said.

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Based on evidence, monkeypox has been shown to be spread through many different routes of transmission, including physical contact (touching an infected person, especially the rash/postules), contact with clothing, contaminated bedding and objects, breathing airborne particles and intimate contact. /sex.


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