In 2022, instances of monkeypox were recorded in several nations that are generally free of the disease. The majority of infections in this outbreak—but not all—are among males who engage in sexual activity with other men who have recently had intercourse with a new partner or partners. Less symptoms are frequently recorded than what was customarily observed in the past. Please visit this page for the most recent information on the number of cases and the nations that are reporting cases.
As of July 11, 2022, no connection has been made between the majority of cases that have been reported on an individual basis and travel from previously afflicted nations in Africa. In this epidemic, recent travel from different parts of the world is frequently mentioned.
We recognise that many people are worried about this epidemic, particularly those whose loved ones or community have been impacted. The most crucial thing at this time is to educate those who are most susceptible about monkeypox and offer tips on how to stop future transmission between people. Additionally, it is crucial for public health professionals to be able to recognise, classify, and treat patients.
Because anybody can contract monkeypox and because stigmatisation can weaken control efforts, it is imperative that no one stigmatises anyone who is impacted by this outbreak. In impacted nations, WHO is striving to provide Member States with instruments for monkeypox surveillance, preparedness, and outbreak response.
To better understand how people are exposed to monkeypox, studies are being conducted in the afflicted nations. Medical attention is being given to people who are harmed, and public health initiatives are being established to stop the spread of the disease.
Is there a chance that this outbreak may spread?
Because it must be passed from person to person, skin to skin, mouth to skin, or mouth to mouth in order to spread, a contaminated environment, or an infected animal, monkeypox is less infectious than certain other illnesses. We have a window of opportunity to stem the spread of this outbreak by collaborating closely with communities and groups that are more vulnerable. It is crucial that everyone cooperates right away to halt the spread by being aware of their risk and taking steps to reduce it.
In order to stop the pandemic from spreading further, WHO is taking immediate action. The WHO’s top priorities include finding out more about the virus’s mode of transmission during this epidemic and preventing other individuals from contracting the disease. Stopping the spread of this new problem will be made easier by increasing awareness of it.