Geneva: Monkeypox vaccines are not 100 percent effective and therefore people need to reduce their own risk of infection, WHO technical director Rosamund Lewis said on Wednesday.
This is because more than 35,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported worldwide in more than 92 countries and 12 deaths have been attributed to the disease.
In a press conference, Lewis said the WHO “does not expect 100 percent efficacy” for these vaccines to prevent monkeypox.
“We do not have the exact information… reminds us that the vaccine is not a panacea? That many measures are available to all people who feel vulnerable and want to assess the level of risk and reduce their risk, including vaccination was available, but also protection from activities where they may be at risk.”
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said nearly 7,500 cases were reported last week, a 20% increase from the previous week.
Europe and America – among men who have sex with men.“More than 35,000 cases of monkeypox have already been reported to the WHO from 92 countries and territories with 12 deaths.
Nearly 7,500 cases were reported last week, a 20% increase from the previous week, which was also 20% up from the previous week. ‘ he said during a press conference.
In July, Mr. Tedros announced that the worldwide outbreak of monkeypox constituted a public health emergency of international concern.
Most people recover from monkeypox without treatment within a few weeks. Symptoms are initially flu-like, including fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes, later followed by a generalized rash.
According to the WHO, the disease can be more serious in young children, pregnant women, and immunocompromised people.
The monkeypox virus is not easily transmitted and is usually spread through close physical contact, including sexual contact, with an infected person.
The virus can enter the human body through broken skin, the respiratory tract, eyes, nose and mouth, and body fluids. Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease. It originates from animals such as rodents and primates and is found in remote parts of central and west Africa.