Geneva, Switzerland | Xinhua | Europe and the Americas have been affected probably the most by the monkeypox outbreak, Director Normal of the World Well being Group (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus instructed journalists on Wednesday.
These two areas have reported 95 p.c of the identified instances, he stated, warning in opposition to stigma and discrimination in monkeypox messaging.
Over 18,000 monkeypox instances have been reported to the WHO from 78 nations. Greater than 70 p.c of those got here from the European area and 25 p.c from the Americas, he stated.
He stated that 98 p.c of the reported instances have been amongst males who’ve intercourse with males, stressing that stigma and discrimination might be “as harmful as any virus and may gas the outbreak.”
“As we’ve seen with COVID-19 misinformation,” it may well unfold quickly on-line, he stated, “so we name on social media platforms, tech corporations and information organizations to work with us to stop and counter dangerous data.”
Final Saturday, the WHO formally declared monkeypox a public well being emergency of worldwide concern (PHEIC). A PHEIC is the very best degree of alert that the United Nations (UN) well being physique can provide.
The WHO has been urging nations to take the monkeypox outbreak severely by taking the steps wanted to cease transmission and defend susceptible teams. “The easiest way to try this is to cut back the danger of publicity and make secure decisions,” he stated.
“For males who’ve intercourse with males, this contains, for the second, decreasing your variety of sexual companions, reconsidering intercourse with new companions, and exchanging contact particulars with any new companions to allow follow-up if wanted.”
In the meantime, Canada, the European Union and the U.S. have already accepted the vaccine known as MVA-BN (Modified Vaccinia Ankara – Bavarian Nordic) to be used in opposition to monkeypox, and two different vaccines are additionally being assessed. Nonetheless, as a result of lack of information on the effectiveness and dosage of the vaccines, the WHO presently doesn’t suggest mass vaccination in opposition to monkeypox. It additionally urges all nations which might be administering such vaccines to gather and share essential information on their effectiveness.