WHO Expert Says Monkeypox Likely Spread By Sex At Two Raves In Europe

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WHO Expert Says Monkeypox Likely Spread By Sex At Two Raves In Europe

WHO On Monkeypox: A key adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) described the outbreak of the rare disease monkeypox in developed countries as an “unforeseen event”. He said that it probably spread due to risky sexual behavior in two rave parties in Europe recently. Dr. David Heyman, who heads the WHO’s emergency department, said the strongest theory is that the disease was spread by sex between homosexuals and other people at two rave parties held in Spain and Belgium. Monkeypox had not previously spread outside Africa, where it was a local disease.

Dr. Heyman said, “We know that monkeypox can be spread when someone comes in close contact with the infected and the spread of the disease increases due to sexual relations.” More than 90 cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 10 countries including Israel, France, Switzerland, the US and Australia. Let us tell you that till now no case of monkeypox has been found in India.

Gay pride program being investigated
Madrid’s senior health official Enrique Ruz Escudero said that 30 cases have been confirmed in the Spanish capital so far. He said authorities were investigating a possible link between the disease and the ‘gay pride event’ in the Canary Islands, where some 80,000 people visited. Heyman chaired a meeting of the WHO Consultative Group on Infectious Diseases on Friday to assess the current pandemic. He said that there is no evidence yet that monkeypox can turn into a more contagious form.

How does this virus spread
Monkeypox commonly causes fever, chills, rash and sores on the face or genitals. It can be spread through contact with an infected person or their clothing or sheets, but so far sexually transmitted infections have not been documented. Most people do not need to be hospitalized and recover from the disease within a few weeks. Vaccines against smallpox are also effective in preventing monkeypox and some antiviral drugs are being developed.

Can monkeypox be spread through sexual contact?
Some scientists have said that it is difficult to confirm that the recent spread of monkeypox in Europe was due to sexual contact. Virologist Mike Skinner of Imperial College London said that sexual activity involving intimate contact has the potential to increase the spread. But it does not detect the sexual orientation of a person and the medium of transmission. Dr. Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Adviser of Britain’s Health Protection Agency, said on Sunday that more cases of monkeypox are expected in the country on a daily basis.

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