So far, the World Health Organization has monitored ninety-two confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden. Israel also recorded the first case in the Middle East of a man in his thirties returning from Europe.
A senior consultant at the World Health Organization said that the organization is working to provide more guidance to countries to reduce the spread of monkeypox, amid fears that the number of infections may increase during the summer.
The head of the WHO’s Advisory, Strategic and Technical Group, David Heymann, indicated to Reuters that an international committee of experts met to study the symptoms of the disease and its transmission methods, in addition to trying to identify the most at-risk cases.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph glands, chills, fatigue, and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face. It can be transmitted through contact with skin blisters or the saliva of an infected person, or through contact and joint use of bedding or towels. The injured recover after two or four weeks at most, according to the World Health Organization.
In addition, US President Joe Biden, in a statement on the sidelines of his Asian tour, considered “monkeypox” a source of concern, and the search for the necessary vaccines and available treatments is still underway. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat monkeypox.
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