WHO can’t rule out monkeypox pandemic risk, says there’s a window of opportunity to stop outbreak

WHO can’t rule out monkeypox pandemic risk, says there’s a window of opportunity to stop outbreak

May 31, 2022 by CNBC

Key Facts

  • The World Health Organization has said that there is a “window” of opportunity to contain a recent monkeypox outbreak which has seen cases spread across Europe, the U.S. and Australia.
  • Nurphoto | Nurphoto | Getty Images The World Health Organization said Monday that it is too soon to tell whether a recent monkeypox outbreak could lead to a global pandemic, but noted that there is currently a window of opportunity to curb rising cases.
  • Though sporadic monkeypox outbreaks are not unusual in Central and West African countries where the virus is endemic, health experts have been puzzled by a recent surge in cases across Europe, North America and Australia, raising fears of community spread.
  • She added that gay and bisexual men should be especially aware of the virus, which has so far demonstrated a particular concentration among men who have sex with other men, though it is not defined as a sexually transmitted disease.

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