In a statement,
the WHO added that the European Region “remained at the epicentre of the largest and most geographically widespread monkeypox outbreak ever reported outside of endemic areas in western and central Africa”.
Responding to the rise in cases of monkeypox throughout Europe over the past two weeks, WHO’s Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge outlined the steps required to “rapidly investigate and control this fast-evolving situation”.
The WHO European office is concerned that the recent lifting of pandemic restrictions on international travel and events could act as a catalyst for rapid transmission, the Xinhua news agency reported.
“Monkeypox has already spread against the backdrop of several mass gatherings in the region. Over the coming months, many of the dozens of festivals and large parties planned to provide further contexts where amplification may occur,” Kluge said in the statement.
“The potential for further transmission in Europe and elsewhere over the summer is high.”
He urged the strengthening of “cross-country collaboration and information-sharing mechanisms, heightened surveillance, and community communication” to prevent misinformation from being “amplified online and through other sources, leading to negative public health outcomes”.
“Our goal is to contain this outbreak by stopping human-to-human transmission to the maximum extent possible,” the WHO Regional Director added, calling on efforts to increase awareness of monkeypox and share information on how people can reduce their risk of exposure.
The extensive measures used to combat Covid-19 are not required to tackle monkeypox in Europe, he said, “because the virus does not spread in the same way.”…..Read More
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