The World Health Organization (WHO) activated the highest level of alert to contain the outbreak of monkeypox, which It affects almost 17,000 people in 74 countries.
“I have decided to declare a public health emergency of international scope,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO. He added that except in Europe, the risk in the world is moderate.
The Jalisco Ministry of Health maintains the alert in all medical units, since 13 confirmed cases have been identified, four suspects and four discarded. The study of 31 more people continues.
There are 5 times more cases in a month
In the case of monkeypox, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus indicated that the WHO has opted for the international emergency despite the lack of consensus among experts, taking into account factors such as rapid increase in cases (quintupled since June) and its presence in countries where the disease had never before been detected.
In this sense, Tedros also announced that the risk of contagion in Europe is raised from “moderate” to “high”, where 80% of cases have been detected, while the first of these levels is maintained in the rest. from regions of the planet, including central and western Africa, where it is endemic and deaths are concentrated.
The declaration of international emergency, indicated the head of the WHO, includes recommendations of different types to countries depending on whether or not they have detected cases, or if there are already sources of local transmission.
For countries with recent cases and local transmission between humans (Spain among them), the international emergency calls for “a coordinated response to stop transmission between vulnerable groups,” said Tedros.
He also asks them to increase tracing, public health prevention measures, strengthen outbreak management in clinics and hospitals, and “accelerate research into vaccines, therapies and other tools,” added the Ethiopian expert.
Tedros stressed that despite the global alert, the outbreak “is mainly concentrated in men who have sex with other men and with multiple partners” (98% of cases so far), a group for which he requested support through health care and information campaigns about the disease.
This, he assured, must be done with methods that protect the dignity and human rights of the affected communities.
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