WHO says risk of Monkeypox spread in Russia remains high
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the risk of the spread of Monkeypox in Europe, including Russia, is high.
“According to the WHO assessment, at the regional level, the risk in the WHO European Region is high over reports about the widespread outbreak which engulfed several previously untouched countries and some atypical cases,” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Melita Vujnovic told Russian news agency Sputnik.
“The WHO recommends that all the countries should make every effort to register new cases and trace contacts to control this outbreak and prevent its further spread,” Vujnovic added.
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that is usually transmitted to people from wild animals and is endemic in some African countries. The disease can be transmitted through body fluids, respiratory droplets and other contaminated materials. The illness usually results in fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes.
An outbreak of monkeypox began in May in non-endemic countries, with over 5,100 cases confirmed in humans in 51 nations from May 13 to July 1, according to the WHO.
Monkeypox cases in Europe have tripled in the last two weeks, the WHO’s Europe chief warned on Friday as he urged countries to do more to ensure the rare disease does not become entrenched on the continent.
“The WHO European Region represents almost 90 per cent of all laboratory-confirmed and globally reported cases since mid-May, and since my last statement on 15 June, six new countries and areas – taking the total to 31 – have reported monkeypox cases, with new cases tripling over the same period to over 4,500 laboratory-confirmed cases across the Region,” said WHO Europe chief Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge.