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Over 550 cases of monkeypox reported in 30 countries according to WHO

Over 550 monkeypox cases reported in 30 countries, WHO says Credit: Twitter @sanidadgob

The rise in monkeypox cases across the world was reported by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) during a press briefing on Wednesday June 1.

Speaking on the rise in monkeypox cases, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said:

“Investigations are ongoing, but the sudden appearance of monkeypox in many countries at the same time suggests that there may have been undetected transmission for some time.”

“These communities work hard to educate their members about the risks of monkeypox and prevent transmission,” Tedros continued.

“But we all need to work hard to fight stigma, which is not only bad, it could also prevent infected people from seeking care, making it harder to stop transmission.”

The news of increasing cases of monkeypox has many people debating whether or not a vaccine is needed for the global population.

In Spain specifically, the Community of Madrid, through the Ministry of Health, defended last Thursday the need to administer a monkeypox vaccine to control the transmission of the virus and alleviate symptoms.

The monkeypox virus has a low capacity for human-to-human transmission and requires close intimate contact, in fact the cases confirmed so far are due to exposure to sexual practices according to the European Center for Disease Control.


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