The meeting's agenda is believed to be
the ways of the virus' transmission, its high prevalence in gays and bisexual
men, as well as the situation with vaccines.
The World Health Organisation (WHO)
Infectious Disease Epidemiologist; Covid-19 Technical Lead, Emerging Diseases
and Zoonoses Lead, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Maria Van Kherkove on
Friday 20 May informed that an emergency meeting would be convened keeping in
mind the emergence of the Monkeypox cases.
Monkeypox is a
The Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis that
has been detected in a total of seven persons till now in the United Kingdom.
Four news cases were detected, as per the UK Health Security Agency bulletin.
WHO also informed that they are working
with member states and partners to better understand monkeypox circulation in
endemic and non-endemic countries.
Monkeypox is a rare
but potentially serious viral illness
"Monkeypox is a rare but potentially
serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like illness and swelling
of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and body. Most
infections last 2-to-4 weeks. In parts of central and west Africa where
monkeypox occurs, people can be exposed through bites or scratches from rodents
and small mammals, preparing wild game, or having contact with an infected
animal or possibly animal products," WHO's statement reads.
“We expect cases/countries reporting to
increase. Monkeypox is a priority pathogen & requires investment in studies
for transmission, severity, R&D", said Kherkove
On 7 May, a case of monkeypox has been
confirmed in England, in a patient who recently travelled from Nigeria, as per
the UK Health Security Agency. On 18 May, the US' Massachusetts Department of
Public Health confirmed a single case of monkeypox virus infection in an adult
male with recent travel to Canada.
The illness could
be clinically confused with syphilis
According to WHO's statement, suspected
cases may present with early flu-like symptoms and progress to lesions that may
begin on one site on the body and spread to other parts and the illness could
be clinically confused with a sexually transmitted infection like syphilis or
herpes, or with varicella zoster virus.
According to WHO, Monkeypox mainly occurs
in forested rural areas in central and Western Africa. Since the cessation of
smallpox vaccination, the rising incidence of reported cases and outbreaks are
raising concerns about the future spread of the disease.
risks in endemic areas, monkeypox remains under-recognized and underreported.