WHO declared monkeypox a global health emergency, spreading to 75 countries

WHO declared monkeypox a global health emergency, spreading to 75 countries

  • Monkeypox has spread to 75 countries
  • A total of 16 thousand cases have been reported so far
  • 80 percent of monkeypox cases in Europe alone

The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency regarding monkeypox. 5 people have died due to this disease which has spread in 75 countries of the world. Monkeypox has been declared a global emergency according to WHO director. 

The reason for doing so is that from the end of June to July the disease has spread by 77 percent and the disease has spread in a country where no cases have been found before. 

This disease is most prevalent in Europe and North America. Europe alone accounts for 80 percent of monkeypox cases. At this point it is important to know what are the symptoms of monkeypox and how it spreads.

Symptoms of monkeypox

The US Health Protection Agency’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the disease, which causes pimple-like sores and flu-like symptoms, is spread through contact with monkeypox. It is spread through direct physical contact with wounds and respiratory secretions.

How is monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox is also spread by touching wounds or objects contaminated with fluids. Apart from this, monkeypox can also pass through the placenta to the fetus. People can also get monkeypox through contact with infected animals. Monkeypox can also be contracted by scratching, biting, or eating the flesh of an infected animal.

Cases of monkeypox are found in these countries

Let it be known that a total of 2,500 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 44 states of North America. Monkeypox has never broken out before in either of these places. India has also reported 3 cases of monkeypox so far. All these cases in India have been reported in Kerala. The main reason given by the WHO for declaring monkeypox as a global health emergency is that the risk of rapid spread of the disease has increased, hence the need to fight monkeypox at an international level. Earlier in January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Corona virus a global health emergency.

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