The head of the World Health Organization’s smallpox department, Rosamund Lewis, said on Friday that there was no need for mass vaccinations against monkeypox, but that contact and isolation were essential to control the outbreak.
During a briefing in Geneva, Lewis said that according to the latest WHO advice, only those who deal professionally with the virus professionally – such as lab workers, health workers and first responders – could be considered for additional protection. Smallpox prevention measures, including vaccines, are thought to be effective against monkeypox.
“What we’ve suggested so far is that there’s no need for mass vaccinations, no need for big vaccinations,Lewis says.
However, he explained that since the disease is primarily transmitted through close physical contact, skin-to-skin contact, and face-to-face contact, “Contact tracing, investigation and isolation are still the primary means of control. ”
WHO experts emphasize that it was “Critically importantTake the separation of contacts very seriously.
Meanwhile, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Friday that in the last 24 hours, 16 new cases of monkeypox have been identified, bringing the total number of infections in the UK to 106. As a result, Britain has the highest number of affected countries. In the case of Europe.
“The risks to the UK population are low, but we urge people to be aware of new rashes or sores on any part of their body, such as spots, ulcers or blisters.The company said.
The UKHSA has revealed that it has purchased 20,000 doses of a smallpox vaccine called Imvenex, which is being offered to monkeypox patients for close contact.
Earlier this week, Pfizer chief executive Albert Borla – the company behind a widely used covid vaccine – said the outbreak of the monkeypox was unlikely to turn into an epidemic because the virus was not particularly contagious.
“We are calm and watching the situation, but I think the real problem right now is Kovid“He told Sky News.
Dozens of cases of monkeypox – a disease that leaves distinct pustules on the skin but rarely causes death – have been identified in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.
The WHO has previously warned that Europe should expect monkeypox waves in the coming months. It further noted that the current spread of the virus was “atypical” because it was previously limited to most of Central and West Africa.