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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday stressed that there is no need to fear that monkey pox could spread beyond the African continent.
Responding to a question during a press conference about the potential for the virus to become a global pandemic, the WHO’s chief expert on monkey flu, Rosamond Lewis, said, “At the moment, we are not worried about a global pandemic.”
“It is still possible to stop it before this epidemic spreads,” he added.
Since the UK announced the first confirmed case of monkey flu on May 7, the World Health Organization has reported that there are nearly 400 cases in about 20 countries where the disease is not commonly seen.
The WHO said it was concerned about the “extraordinary situation” but assured that there was no reason to panic.
According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox is a rare zoonotic virus (the virus is transmitted from animal to human) and the symptoms of human infection are similar to those of adulthood, but less severe.
Some patients develop enlarged lymph nodes before the rash appears, which distinguishes the monkey box from other similar diseases.
There is currently no treatment or vaccine available to combat this virus, but the smallpox vaccine has proven to be very effective in preventing the monkey box.
The monkey was first spotted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970, and most cases have been reported in the rural rainforests of the Congo Basin and West Africa.
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