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Monkeypox is not a public health emergency, says European Health Agency


The European Union’s European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it was working with a drugmaker for a possible vaccine even as the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was not “not concerned about a global pandemic”.

“Although the epidemic is rather unprecedented in Europe, it is not currently a public health emergency,” said EMA’s head of vaccines Marco Cavaleri.

Meanwhile, Nigerian authorities said 21 cases of monkeypox have been detected this year with one death. Patients with cases of monkeypox typically present with high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and skin rashes with person-to-person infection also possible.

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Switzerland and the Netherlands have reported cases of monkeypox, with Britain recording more than 200 cases. WHO’s European chief Hans Kluge previously said that “we don’t yet know whether we will be able to completely contain its spread” amid fears of a continued spread of the virus.

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The virus has spread rapidly in Europe, with Spain recording 59 cases of monkeypox. Several cases have been detected by PCR and genomic testing in Spain with 171 suspected cases of monkeypox reported across the country.

The virus has also spread to the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia. A man in Austria has been hospitalized as countries in North America including France and the United States have reported cases of the virus.

(With agency contributions)

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