World Health Network declares monkeypox outbreak a pandemic

The current varicella The outbreak, which has infected 3,417 people in 42 countries, was declared a pandemic on Thursday by the World Health Network (WHN), a global collaboration of science teams and citizens.

The declaration comes before the World Health Organization(WHO) on Thursday to decide on the designation of the monkeypox outbreak.

quoting monkeypoxmetera website that tracks infection cases in real-time, WHN said there are now 3,417 confirmed cases of monkeypox reported in 58 countries, and the outbreak is rapidly expanding across multiple continents.

The WHN called for immediate action on the part of the WHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention organizations to prevent smallpox from becoming a disaster.

He said that while death rates are much lower than those of smallpox, unless concerted global action is taken to contain the ongoing spread, the infection will kill millions of people and render many blind and disabled.

“WHO urgently needs to declare its own Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) – the lessons of not declaring (Covid-19) a PHEIC immediately in early January 2020 should be remembered as a history lesson rather than acting late in an epidemic can mean for the world,” said Eric Feigl-Ding, PhD, Epidemiologist and Health Economist and co-founder of WHN, in a statement.

“There is no justification for expecting the smallpox pandemic to grow any further. The actions needed now only require clear public communication about symptoms, widely available testing and contact tracing with very few quarantines. Any delay only makes the effort more difficult and the most serious consequences,” added Yaneer Bar-Yam, PhD, president of the New England Complex System Institute and co-founder of WHN.

So far, most cases have been in adults, but any spread among children will lead to much more severe cases and more deaths. Infections from animals, especially rats and other rodents, but also pets, will make it much harder to stop. Waiting will lead to these damages without any compensatory benefit.

Monkeypox is a virus with the potential to cause significant harm to the public, including acute painful illnesses that may require hospitalization and can result in death, skin scarring, blindness, and other long-term disabilities. Those most vulnerable to severe illness include children, pregnant women and immunocompromised people.

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