Monkey pox | WHO recommends reducing number of partners for men who have sex with men to fight monkeypox

The international emergency due to the monkeypox epidemic, which totals more than 18,000 cases, can be stopped “if its risks are taken seriously and the necessary measures are taken to stop its transmission”, The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, assured this on Wednesday.

The Ethiopian expert warned that a tenth of cases required hospitalization, and insisted that 98% of infections so far are concentrated in the group of men who have sex with menhe therefore asked this group to carry out preventive actions.

“That, for the moment, includes reducing the number of sexual partners, reconsidering new partners, and exchanging contact details just in case“, advised Tedros, who despite addressing this group in particular, warned that anyone can be infected and that it is necessary to fight against “stigma and discrimination” affected groups may suffer.

As we have seen with covidmisinformation can spread quickly on the internet“Said the boss of the WHO, who in this sense asked social networks and the media to help them avoid the dissemination of harmful information.

Tedros He insisted that in addition to sexual contact, monkeypox can be spread through simple physical contact.“including cuddling, kissing, or using contaminated towels or bedding.”

The CEO recalled that three are mixed up for now vaccines to prevent outbreakalthough for nowor mass vaccinations are planned: the MVA-BN (made in Denmark), the Japanese LC16 and the American ACAM2000, initially developed against conventional smallpox.

He indicated in which there is not yet complete data on its effectiveness or the number of doses needed to be protected, he insisted that from his inoculation it takes weeks to develop defenses in the body, and asserted that there could be problems of availability initial in many countries.

In the case of the MVA-BN vaccine, for example, the manufacturing company has raw material for some 16 million doses, but these are still in the manufacturing phase and “it could take months to be ready for use. job,” Tedros said. .

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Spain is so far the country that has reported the most cases worldwide (3,595, a fifth of the total), followed by the United States (2,881), Germany (2,410), United Kingdom (2,208) and France (1,567).

70% of cases are concentrated in Europe and 25% in America, where there are also a significant number of infections in Brazil (696), Canada (681), Peru (203) and Mexico (59).

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