WHO: Real Risks of Monkeypox

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned at a briefing in Geneva “The risk of monkeypox becoming established in non-endemic countries is real”.

According to the WHO, there are already more than 1,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox in 29 countries outside Africa, where the monkeypox is endemic.

Amira Albert Roess, a professor of global health and epidemiology at George Mason University, said “As you keep moving forward into the future and more and more individuals become infected, you do start to worry. Is this going to become something that is just going to keep on moving from person to person and then we will not be able to control it?”

There’s still a window of opportunity to prevent the onward spread of monkeypox in those at highest risk right now.

– Dr. Rosamund Lewis, the WHO’s technical lead on monkeypox at WHO Geneva briefing (source: NBC News)

There is already US Government approved monkeypox vaccine in the US called Jynneos. According to Eric Toner, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security “This is one of the rare diseases in which you can vaccinate somebody after they’ve been infected, before they have symptoms, and block the disease. We would have to really screw things up not to be able to contain this.”

In the current monkeypox spread, the spread reportedly appears to be t6hrough skin-to-skin contact.

The WHO scientist Roess reportedly said “Right now we’re more at risk for the virus maybe becoming endemic due to ongoing human-to-human transmission and our inability to stop the transmission cycle. It still does take a few days from the time someone is identified to the time that we can confirm their diagnosis”.

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