Monkey pox: WHO triggers its highest level of alert

Monkey pox: WHO triggers its highest level of alert

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Saturday that it is raising its highest level of alert in order to counter the outbreak of monkeypox.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO, declared a “public health emergency of International concern” during a press briefing dedicated to this epidemic.

A public health emergency of International concern (USPPI) is triggered when “an extraordinary event” occurs which constitutes “a risk to public health in other States”, according to the WHO. International action could be coordinated in the face of the spread of monkeypox.

The managing director specified that the risk in the world is “relatively moderate”, except in Europe where it is “high”.

“The epidemic already affects nearly 17,000 people in 74 countries,” he said on this occasion. Detected in early May, monkeypox has spread rapidly around the world.

As of July 19, 331 cases have been reported across the province, according to data from the Quebec government. A total of 681 cases have been identified in the country, according to the federal government.

The transmission of the virus occurs when a person comes into contact with the virus from an animal, a human being or contaminated materials, indicates the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS).

“The majority of infections are cured by themselves”, however “from 5 to 10% of patients will present more significant symptoms which will require antiviral treatment”, specifies the MSSS.

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