WHO Regional Director Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandari said in the past few weeks, 157 confirmed cases of confirmed monkey flu have been reported worldwide, including one in the eastern Mediterranean region.
Al-Mandari, during his press conference on the sidelines of the 75th session of the World Health Assembly, explained that the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean was closely monitoring reports of monkey poaching. The disease is commonly found in other WHO areas.
He pointed out that so far, 157 confirmed cases of infection have been reported worldwide, including one confirmed case in our region, which was announced by the United Arab Emirates on May 24, and many countries are currently in the process of identifying and investigating suspicious cases.
“It reminds us that in countries that do not report monkey cancer, the world will continue to face emerging and recurring epidemics, and the key lesson here is that countries must continue to invest in advanced readiness and response capabilities,” he added. .
He stressed that the main priority now in the eastern Mediterranean region is to stop the spread of the disease, noting that all countries can do this as a result of the response and response efforts for Kovit-19 disease over the past two and a half years. , Which has strengthened our ability in the areas of surveillance and laboratory diagnosis, which allows us to identify cases of infection and confirm it more effectively before the virus spreads.
He added, “In this situation, monkey flu can be controlled in our area and the risk of the disease to the general public is low. Recover in a few weeks without treatment.
Al-Mandari said the disease requires a strict “one health” approach and requires strong cooperation between human, animal and environmental health agencies and organizations, and that the World Health Organization is working with partners and countries. Source of infection, how the virus is transmitted and how to reduce the risk of infection.
He said that, as with any infectious disease, there is a need to raise awareness among the general public to stop the spread of the disease, citing reliable information such as the World Health Organization’s website and the organization’s channels on social media. What do you do if you suspect you have an infection more about the symptoms of the monkey box and how the virus is spread?
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