WHO does not see mass vaccination against monkeypox as a priority

WHO does not see mass vaccination against monkeypox as a priority
  • The WHO does not believe that the monkeypox outbreak outside of Africa requires mass vaccinations.
  • Ensures that measures such as good hygiene and safe sexual behavior will help control its spread.
  • It is not yet clear what is driving the outbreak.

According to Reuters, the World Health Organization does not believe that the monkeypox outbreak outside of Africa requires mass vaccinationsas measures such as good hygiene and safe sexual behavior will help control its spread, a senior official said on Monday.

Richard Pebody, who leads the high-threat pathogens team at WHO Europe, also told Reuters in an interview that Immediate supplies of vaccines and antivirals for monkeypox are relatively limited.

His comments came as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they were in the process of throw some doses of the Jynneos vaccine for use in cases of monkeypox.

Germany’s government said on Monday it was evaluating options for the vaccines, while Britain offered them to some health workers.

It is not clear what is driving the outbreak

Public health authorities in Europe and North America they are investigating more than 100 suspected cases and confirmed viral infection in the worst outbreak of the virus outside of Africa, where it is endemic.

The main measures to control the outbreak are contact tracing and isolation, Pebody said, noting that it is not a virus that spreads very easily, nor has it caused serious illness so far. The vaccines used to combat monkeypox can have some significant side effects, she added.

It is not clear what is driving the outbreak, as scientists try to understand the origin of the cases and if something has changed in the virus. There is no evidence that the monkey virus has mutated, a senior executive at the UN agency said separately on Monday.

The SSa has already published the first Epidemiological Notice on monkeypox in Mexico

The first thing the authorities mention is that So far, no cases have been identified in Mexico. In the current international context, the National Committee for Epidemiological Surveillance (Conave), made up of the institutions of the Health sector, said that the purpose of this document is that all medical units of the first, second and third level of care report the cases suspects identified.

CASES DETECTED SO FAR

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that until May 21 they have been confirmed 92 cases and 28 suspects of monkeypox. They have all occurred in Germany, Australia, Belgium, Canada, the United States, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Sweden.

What generates the most danger is that it is the first time that infections are reported outside the African countries where this disease is endemic and more than 1,300 cases have been detected.

As part of this Monkeypox Epidemiological Notice, the SSa recommends the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water or alcohol gel solution.
  • Cover nose and mouth with the inside of the elbow when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, cutlery and plates.
  • When physically close to a sick person, wear a medical mask, especially if they are coughing or have mouth sores.
  • Wash clothing, towels, eating utensils, and sheets that have been in contact with the sick person, using warm water and detergent.
  • Clean and disinfect spaces where a sick person has been found and avoid close contact.
  • Avoid contact with lesions. If they must be touched, wear gloves and dispose of properly.
  • In case of symptoms, seek medical attention and avoid contact with other people.
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Restrictions on travel and trade from countries where cases have been identified are not recommended.

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