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Monkeypox outbreak declared a pandemic by World Health Network; urges WHO to take immediate action

Monkeypox is a virus with the potential to cause significant harm including acute painful illness that may require hospitalisation, and may result in death, skin scarring, blindness, and other long-term disability.

IANS Reported by: IANS New Delhi Updated on: June 24, 2022 12:29 IST
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Monkeypox outbreak which has infected 3,417 people across 42 countries, has on Thursday been declared a pandemic by the World Health Network (WHN), a global collaboration of scientific and citizen teams. Citing Monkeypoxmeter, a website that tracks the infection cases in real-time, the WHN said there are now 3,417 confirmed monkeypox cases reported across 58 countries, and the outbreak is rapidly expanding across multiple continents.

The WHN had urged immediate action by the WHO and national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention organizations to prevent monkeypox from becoming a disaster. "The WHO needs to urgently declare its own Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) -- the lessons of not declaring (Covid-19) a PHEIC immediately in early January 2020 should be remembered as a history lesson of what acting late on an epidemic can mean for the world," said Eric Feigl-Ding, PhD, Epidemiologist and Health Economist, and co-founder of WHN, in a statement.

"There is no justification to wait for the monkeypox pandemic to grow further. The actions needed now only require clear public communication about symptoms, widely available testing, and contact tracing with very few quarantines. Any delay only makes the effort harder and the consequences more severe," added Yaneer Bar-Yam, PhD, President of New England Complex System Institute and co-founder of WHN.

 

Until now most cases have been in adults, but any spread among children will lead to much more severe cases and more deaths. Infections of animals, especially rats and other rodents, but also pets, will make it much more difficult to stop. Passively waiting will lead to these harms without any compensating benefit.

 

More about monkeypox 

Monkeypox is a virus with the potential to cause significant harm to the public including acute painful illness that may require hospitalisation, and may result in death, skin scarring, blindness, and other long-term disability. The most vulnerable to severe disease include children, pregnant people, and people who are immunocompromised.

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