WHO advises countries against imposing travel outbreak restrictions to counter monkeypox

As the surging monkeypox cases raise concerns across the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised countries not to impose travel restrictions in view of the outbreak. WHO director for Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness, Sylvie Briand stated that they don’t recommend travel bans or restrictions and that countries have to keep communicating about all updates relating to the monkeypox virus and whatever measures they are taking up to counter potential outbreaks. She further stated that countries must respond to the spread of monkeypox by tracking and isolating unwell individuals. She also asserted that if countries take the appropriate steps now, they will certainly be able to quickly contain this.

Rosamund Lewis, who is the head of the Smallpox Secretariat at the WHO, said that the organization does not consider mass vaccination to be required in dealing with the monkeypox outbreak. She further stated that it is not necessary to vaccinate the entire population and that large-scale vaccination efforts are unnecessary because this is a disease that spreads mostly by close physical contact, such as skin-to-skin or face-to-face touch, according to Sputnik. Lewis further claims that isolation is the best possible technique for the time being to combat the disease.

So far around 300 cases of monkeypox in over 20 countries have been recorded

On May 7, the UK Health Security Agency became the first health authority outside of Africa to disclose a case of monkeypox in a patient who had just traveled to Nigeria. Since then, monkeypox outbreaks have been confirmed in several European and North American countries. So far, around 300 cases of monkeypox in over 20 countries have been recorded with another 100 cases under investigation, according to media reports.

Monkeypox is an uncommon viral disease that is mostly found in various African countries and is promoted to people via wild animals. Body fluids, respiratory droplets and other contaminated materials can all spread the disease. Fever, rash and lymph nodes are common symptoms of the condition. Countries like Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria are all affected by monkeypox. Concerns have been raised as a result of the disease. The virus that is circulating globally is expected to have a fatality rate of roughly 1%.

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