Europe is at the heart of the spread of monkeypox. The European office of the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, worried about the risk of the disease taking hold.
“Europe remains the epicenter of this growing wave, with 25 countries reporting more than 1,500 cases, or 85% of the global total,” said Hans Kluge in a press conference, the director of WHO Europe. which brings together 53 countries including some from Central Asia. For the establishment of the UN, the priority is to contain transmission. “The scale of this epidemic presents a real risk: the longer the virus circulates, the more it extends its reach and the more the disease will take hold in non-endemic countries,” Kluge warned. Usually circulating in central and western Africa, the virus is now present, outside Europe, in Australia, the Middle East, North America and South America, for a total of over 1,600 cases. For now, WHO does not recommend mass vaccination. On Tuesday, European health authorities ordered more than 100,000 doses of the smallpox vaccine approved in the United States also against that of monkeys and considered effective.
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