Continuing its work within the United Nations, the World Health Organization issued statements on monkeypox after thousands of cases were detected in many countries in recent weeks. The institution has also taken action regarding the recent news, “Monkey pox has been found in semen.”
A remarkable statement came from the European office of the World Health Organization, which is preparing to meet on monkeypox. At the press conference held, current monkeypox data was shared and suggestions and recommendations were announced to the public.
In the statement made, it was announced that monkeypox disease, which is usually seen in Africa but has been detected in many countries since May, is mainly seen in European countries. While authorities announced that cases in Europe correspond to 85% of global cases, they also announced that there were more than 1,500 cases in the region.
A World Health Organization official also spoke about the monkeypox virus. Catherine Smallwood, one of the biggest names in the WHO, spoke about some recent research. Noting that in these studies, some results showed that sperm from patients infected with monkeypox virus contained this virus, Smallwood said: “We will review this research and this data.
The WHO estimates that this disease is always transmitted by close contact. “We really need to look at how this disease is transmitted,” Smallwood said. At the moment, the most logical explanation is that it is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact,” he said.
The WHO has made a 3-step recommendation to the public, governments and health organizations. The World Health Organization recommendations are as follows:
1- GLOBAL MONITORING AND CONTROL
One of the recommendations of the World Health Organization was to establish a robust detection, diagnosis and monitoring system across Europe. In this way, it was indicated that case information can be quickly shared with neighboring countries. The authorities also stressed that studies for the detection of the monkeypox virus should be accelerated and strengthened.
“Once the case has been identified, the patient should be kept in isolation until fully recovered and symptoms resolve,” the statement said. Currently, the majority of patients in Europe are men who have sex with men.
2- CORRECT COMMUNICATION
Stressing that cases could increase with the start of the summer season and the increase in festivals in the northern hemisphere, the WHO said: “There is no need to cancel festivals and events, but such events can be a communication opportunity. WHO and its health partners are trying to raise awareness of the disease by communicating with organizers, partner search requests and other institutions and organizations.
3- LONG TERM COOPERATION
Stressing that monkeypox has been endemic in West and Central Africa for years, WHO officials stressed the importance of sharing current and accurate information on the disease with other countries. In the statement, “Mass vaccination is not recommended at this stage. But we see that some countries are stockpiling vaccines and medicines. It is necessary to include countries in Africa, where this disease has been present for years. , in this strategy.
In the statement, the importance of sharing information quickly and accurately with other countries and institutions was also mentioned.