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WHO Southeast Asia warns of potential widespread risk of monkeypox spread

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WHO Southeast Asia warns of potential widespread risk of monkeypox spread

Suara.com – World Health Organization WHO for the Southeast Asia Region, calls for surveillance and preventive measures monkey pox in the area is strengthened.

This action needs to be carried out in line with the determination of monkeypox or monkeypox monkeypox as a public health emergency of global concern.

“Monkeypox has spread rapidly to many countries that have never seen it before, this is very concerning,” said WHO Regional Director for Southeast Asia. Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh in his written release, Monday (25/7/2022).

“With cases concentrated among men who have sex with men, it is possible to reduce the spread of the disease further by focusing efforts on the populations most at risk,” he added.

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Globally, monkeypox cases have infected 16,000 people, reported in 75 countries. Specifically for the WHO Southeast Asia region, four cases of monkeypox have been reported, three from India and one from Thailand.

Cases in India were found in citizens who had just returned from the East. While the case in Thailand was found in a foreign national.

“Importantly, our focused efforts and actions must be sensitive, without stigma or discrimination,” Poonam said.

The monkeypox outbreak was declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) by the WHO on Saturday (23/7).

Poonam warned that monkeypox infection has the potential to spread more widely internationally. Moreover, much is still unknown about the virus.

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“We need to remain vigilant and be prepared to launch an intense response to reduce the further spread of monkeypox,” he said.

Since the start of the outbreak, WHO has supported countries assessing risk and initiating public health measures. In addition, it is also important to prepare testing capacity facilities in the Region.

Poonam said that the monkeypox virus was transmitted from infected animals to humans through indirect or direct contact. Transmission can also occur between humans through close contact.

Human-to-human transmission can occur through direct skin contact or infectious lesions, including face-to-face, skin-to-skin, and respiratory droplets.

In countries of the current outbreak and among reported cases of monkeypox, transmission appears to occur mainly through close physical contact, including sexual contact.

Transmission can also occur from contaminated materials such as linen, bedding, electronics, clothing, which are contaminated with infectious skin particles.

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