WHO lowers monkey alert level: Not like Covid 19

WHO lowers monkey alert level: Not like Covid 19

The World Health Organization has lowered the alert level for the monkey line.

"It's not a disease that the general public should worry about. It's not like Covid-19. "There is no need for mass vaccination," said WHO expert Sylvie Briand at a conference of WHO member states in Geneva.

However, countries need to quickly register infected persons and isolate those affected. The WHO assumes that most cases will be mild. However, pregnant women, children and people with weak immune systems have a higher risk of serious infections.

"We have a good window of opportunity to stop broadcasting now. "But it is unclear how large the stocks of smallpox vaccines are, which are also supposed to help monkeypox," Briand said.

"The WHO predicts that the number of cases will continue to increase. The monkey line is now present in more than 20 countries, she stressed.

"At the moment we do not know if we are just looking at the tip of the iceberg. "So far, there are no clear results due to the current development", stressed Briand.

Health officials are alarmed by the growing numbers, given that line-like infection is usually only seen in Africa. A disproportionate number is among homosexual and bisexual men.