September 29, 2022
WHO: Monkeypox a 'moderate risk' to global public health

The World Health Organization has said that monkeypox constitutes a “moderate risk” to overall public health at global level, after cases were reported in countries where the disease is not typically found.

“The public health risk could become high if this virus exploits the opportunity to establish itself as a human pathogen and spreads to groups at higher risk of severe disease such as young children and immunosuppressed persons,” a WHO statement read.

As of 26 May, a total of 257 confirmed cases and 120 suspected cases have been reported from 23 member states that are not endemic for the virus, the health agency said in the statement. There have been no reported fatalities so far.

The WHO also said that the sudden appearance of monkeypox at once in several non-endemic countries suggests undetected transmission for some time and recent amplifying events.

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