About to be locked! Monkey flower becomes the new COVID

The world is facing “terrible” challenges, including Covid, the war in Ukraine and monkey disease, the head of the WHO has warned.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke in Geneva as experts from the United Nations health agency discussed a monkeypox outbreak in 15 countries outside Africa.

More than 80 cases have been confirmed in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, and Israel.

However, the risk to the public is considered low.

The monkey virus, which is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa, does not spread easily between people, and the disease is usually mild.

According to the UK’s National Health Service, most people who contract the virus recover within a few weeks.

The outbreak has caught scientists by surprise and British health officials have issued new advice, saying people at high risk of infection should self-isolate for three weeks. On Friday, Belgium became the first country to impose a three-week quarantine on those infected.

More confirmed cases in Britain are expected to be announced on Monday, the Guardian newspaper reported.

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Speaking at the opening of his agency’s World Health Assembly on Sunday, Dr Tedros said: “Of course the [Covid] pandemic is not the only crisis in our world.

“As we speak, our colleagues from around the world are responding to complex humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with outbreaks of Ebola, monkeypox, liver fluke of unknown origin, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine and Yemen. measures are being taken.

“We are facing a huge complex of diseases, droughts, famines and wars caused by climate change, inequality and geopolitical competition,” the WHO chief added.

The WHO has previously been investigating several other suspected cases of monkeypox, without naming the countries involved, and has warned that more infections are likely to be confirmed.

After the outbreak was first detected in the UK, the virus has spread across Europe, with health authorities in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden all confirming cases.

Additional cases were reported in Austria and Switzerland on Sunday.

Britain’s Health Safety Agency has identified 20 cases so far, and its chief health adviser, Dr Susan Hopkins, told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme: “We are finding more cases every day.”

He said the virus is now spreading in the community – cases have been found unrelated to people who traveled to West Africa, where the disease is endemic.

But the risk to the general population remains “extremely low” and is currently occurring in some urban areas and among gay or bisexual men, Dr Hopkins said.

Although there is no specific monkeypox vaccine, several countries stock vaccines against smallpox, which are about 85 percent effective in preventing infection because the two viruses are so similar.

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