The executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mike Ryan, said Tuesday at a press conference in Geneva that “countries must take the current outbreak of monkeypox very seriously and make the decisions timely to prevent its spread.
According to the UN health agency, with almost 35,000 declared cases in 92 countries and 12 deaths; monkeypox continues to claim victims. Last week, seven thousand new infections were declared to the agency, almost all in Europe and America, registered in men who have sex with other men.
One of the issues that worries the agency is the lack of information about what is happening in the current outbreak of monkeypox. According to the WHO expert for this disease, Rosamund Lewis, “although smallpox is not a new disease, we still have a lot to learn about it.”
“Needed more clinical trials to better understand this disease. In addition, countries must provide more information about it, “said Dr. Lerwis. The expert commented that the vaccine is not one hundred percent effective and that, on the other hand, we know almost nothing about the mutations of this virus. “We have no information on the efficiency or efficacy of the vaccine. We have a few studies from the 1980s, when it was said that chickenpox vaccines could protect up to 80 percent from monkeypox. But this is all the information we have », she assures.
“We see new cases that show us that the solution is not only the vaccine», he asserts. “You have to wait until the maximum immune response occurs, but we don’t know when the definitive effect will be,” she adds.
The WHO does not recommend mass vaccination against this disease since the situation is very different from that of Covid-19. Prevention and immunization must be focused on groups at risk, and access to diagnostic tests must be facilitated for those most at risk of becoming infected.
Lewis explained that they are trying to understand the behavior of the virus and that its tracking is proving to be very complicated, despite the fact that communicating contacts is one of the best ways to stop infections. Most of the cases, 98%, have been detected in men who have sex with other men but lack access to diagnostic information.
Although the WHO has contacts with representatives of LGBT organizations and is advised on what to say and how to do it, the road has not been easy. Being gay does not pose a risk, the agency observed, the risk is in carrying out some group activities where you can come into contact with infected people.
Experts agree that measures must be taken to stop this virus because the entire population is not immunized against smallpox viruses. The population under 40 or 50 years of age is not vaccinated and it is necessary to protect it. Regarding pets, they are not a danger to humans, it is only recommended to isolate them from infected people, added the WHO.
First contagion of a dog
On the recent infection of a dog by monkeypox, the executive director of the Health Emergencies Program of the World Health Organization (WHO), michael ryanhas clarified that “normally, the virus does not adapt to the new species and does not infect humans.”
“It is not that a specific animal was affected, it was an animal exposed to the virus. Unfortunately, anyone who lives with an infected person can become infected,” said the expert, who stressed that “it was a phenomenon that could be expected” and advised “protecting pets.”
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