On June 23, the World Health Organization will convene an emergency committee to assess the public health risk of monkeypox. About this today, June 14, informs Reuters.
According to the WHO, there are currently 1,600 confirmed and 1,500 unconfirmed cases of monkeypox and 72 deaths in 39 countries. So far, not a single case of the disease has been detected in Russia.
As reported EADaily , monkeypox is a rare viral disease that occurs mainly in remote areas in central and western Africa, located near tropical rainforests. According to the WHO, the virus is transmitted to humans from wild animals such as rodents and primates, and its secondary spread through human-to-human transmission is limited. The bulk of the cases are “men who have had sex with men.”
Typically, the case fatality rate for monkeypox outbreaks is between 1% and 10%, with the majority of deaths occurring in younger age groups, the organization said. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for monkeypox, but prior vaccination against smallpox also provides highly effective prevention of the disease.