Monkeypox, A Global Health Emergency:  WHO

Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease that occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and is occasionally exported to other regions.

The World Health Organization has declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency.

WHO Saturday said more than 16,000 cases have now been reported from 75 countries.

” We have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little and which meets the criteria,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms very similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe.

According to WHO, Monkeypox typically presents clinically with fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to various medical complications. Monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease with symptoms lasting from 2 to 4 weeks.


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