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More than 70 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the US as WHO convenes emergency committee

2022-06-14T22:34:40+00:00
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  • Authorities confirm more than 70 cases of monkeypox in the US.
  • WHO leaders convene an emergency committee to assess the impact of this outbreak worldwide.
  • There are already 1879 confirmed cases in 35 countries around the world.

MONKEYPOX IN THE US! Authorities confirm more than 70 cases of monkeypox in the US, while the leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO) convene an emergency committee to assess the impact of this outbreak on a global level.

In recent weeks, cases of monkeypox have been on the rise and spreading to more countries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are already 1,879 confirmed cases in 35 countries around the world and the number continues to increase.

More than 70 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the US

Confirm more than 70 cases of monkeypox in the US and call the Emergency Committee
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The situation is already becoming worrying for some experts, to the point where Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, has called a meeting to determine if this outbreak of monkeypox that has already reached many countries in the world represents a global emergency.

«I have decided to convene the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations on Thursday next week, to assess whether this outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on Tuesday.

Monkeypox spreads around the world

Confirm more than 70 cases of monkeypox in the US and call the Emergency Committee
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“We think that it also needs a coordinated response due to geographic spread,” added the WHO director general, who also acknowledged that the virus, coming from Africa, has presented “unusual” behavior by spreading outside the areas where it is endemic.

Although monkeypox has not spread with the same speed that Covid-19 did in early 2020, there is a possibility that the authorities will declare an international health emergency for monkeypox just as they did with the coronavirus. That would mean that the WHO and its expert advisers consider the disease to be a global threat, The Associated Press reported.

Monkeypox in the US and the world

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Globally, the largest number of cases is concentrated in Europe. The first country on the list is the United Kingdom with 470 confirmed cases, followed by Spain with 313 confirmed cases and Portugal with 231, according to information updated Tuesday June 14. Outside of Europe, Canada is in the worst shape, where 158 cases have been reported. In the United States, 72 cases have already been confirmed.

The most serious situation in the United States is concentrated in New York and California, since 15 cases have already been detected in both states. Illinois follows with 8 cases, Hawaii and Florida with 5, Massachusetts and Colorado with 4; Utah, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Washington DC with 2, and finally Washington, Virginia, Texas, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Ohio and Arizona, where they have only reported one case, according to data from the CDC.

Anyone can get the virus

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According to US health authorities, anyone can contract the monkeypox virus and “it can be spread when a person comes into contact with the virus from an infected animal, an infected person, or materials contaminated with the virus. The virus can also cross the placenta from the mother to the fetus.”

“The virus can also be spread through direct contact with bodily fluids or sores from an infected person or with materials that have been in contact with bodily fluids or sores, such as clothing or bedding.” The CDC clarified that it can also “spread during intimate person-to-person contact, including during sexual intercourse, as well as activities such as kissing, hugging, or touching body parts with monkeypox sores. At this time, it is not known if monkeypox can be spread through semen or vaginal fluids.»

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