WHO removes distinction between endemic and non-endemic countries in its monkeypox data

In order to unify the response to the virus, the World Health Organization says it has removed the distinction between endemic and non-endemic countries in its monkeypox data.

42 countries reported 2,103 confirmed cases of monkeypox between January 1 and June 15 to the Geneva-based organization.

According to data published by the WHO, 84% of confirmed cases of monkeypox are largely concentrated in Europe.

On June 23, the WHO will hold an emergency meeting to consider whether to classify the global outbreak of monkeypox as a public health emergency of international concern, which is the highest alarm it can sound.

Exploring the possibility that the disease could be transmitted sexually, the UN health agency is examining reports that the monkeypox virus is present in patients’ semen.

It comes after scientists detected viral DNA in the semen of a handful of monkeypox patients in Italy and Germany.

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Catherine Smallwood, monkeypox incident manager at WHO/Europe, said at a press briefing: “This does not change our assessment of the current routes of transmission that we are seeing at the moment, which are very largely based on a very close physical proximity between individuals, skin-to-skin, skin-to-mouth contact and that’s really what’s driving transmission right now.”

Although early symptoms of monkeypox include high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a chickenpox-like rash, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said current cases don’t always show symptoms. flu-like symptoms.

(With agency contributions)

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