The WHO has convened an emergency conference to tackle monkeypox, a virus that is quickly spreading across Europe and North America. According to the news agency, the health organisation would concentrate on the virus’s propagation and vaccines.
This month, monkeypox cases have been reported in various nations. Since May 6, the UK has confirmed 20 instances of the uncommon virus. Today, the first cases of monkeypox were reported in France, Germany, and Belgium.
Monkeypox is a virus spread by animals that causes symptoms comparable to smallpox but is less severe clinically.
Fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, tiredness, and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face are common symptoms of the rare disease, which is typically not fatal.
Monkeypox is spread through contact with a contaminated person’s skin lesions and droplets, as well as shared things like beds and towels. According to the WHO, some of the recent cases looked to have spread inside the gay community.
Monkeypox has no specific treatment at the moment. Patients will almost always need to stay in a specialised hospital to prevent infection and treat general symptoms.