Less than a week after recent cases of monkeypox were reported in the US, across Europe and beyond, the World Health Organization now has information on how the contagious virus is spreading. In a recent update, the World Health Organization has officially determined that the monkeypox outbreak is spread primarily through sexual activity, linking it specifically to “party events” where men had intimate contact with other men. .
@CNBC reports, addressing the recent outbreak of Monkeypox in North America and Europe, the World Health Organization said the highly contagious virus spreads primarily through sex between men who sleep with other men, specifically highlighting around 200 confirmed and suspected cases in at least a dozen countries. @AP spoke to Dr. David Heymann, former head of the WHO Emergency Department, and said new findings traced the monkeypox outbreak to raves that took place in Spain and Belgium, where sexual activity between men who they slept with other men was high.
“We know that monkeypox can spread when there is close contact with the lesions of someone who is infected, and it appears that sexual contact has now amplified that transmission,” Heymann said. WHO officials stated that although monkeypox is not classified as a sexually transmitted infection, the latest rise in cases appears to be among men who have sex with men, but they also made it clear that anyone can contract monkeypox, regardless of their sexual orientation or identity.
Andy Seale, a WHO adviser who specializes in HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, spoke about the new findings on the outbreak. “Many diseases can be transmitted through sexual contact. You can get a cough or a cold from sexual contact, but that doesn’t mean it’s a sexually transmitted disease,” he said.
In addition, Dr. Rosamund Lewis, head of smallpox research at the WHO, pointed out the speed at which the monkeypox virus travels around the world. Dr Lewis stated: “We have seen some cases in Europe in the last five years, just in travellers, but this is the first time we have seen cases in many countries at the same time in people who have not traveled to the endemic regions of Africa. The WHO is scheduled to hold another meeting within the next week to study the risks and discuss available treatments to combat it.
According to information from the CDC, monkeypox is spread through close contact with people, animals, or materials that are infected. The virus is transmitted through broken skin, the respiratory tract, the eyes, the nose, and the mouth.
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