Monkeypox: WHO issues highest level of alert for outbreak

Deepak Gupta July 24, 2022
Updated 2022/07/24 at 4:15 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, the highest level of alert, when more than 16,000 cases are reported in 75 countries.

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) stated that Portugal has already adopted the fundamental measures to respond to Monkeypox.

Monkeypox: Portugal totals 588 confirmed cases of infection

The World Health Organization issued the highest level of alert on Saturday to try to contain the Monkeypox outbreak, which has already affected nearly 17,000 people in 74 countries, announced the organization's director-general. It should be noted that Portugal is one of the countries in the world most affected by Monkeypox, in terms of the number of diagnosed cases.

The WHO designation a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" is intended to raise alarms about the need for a coordinated international response to a disease or outbreak, alerting to the need for funding and global efforts to share vaccines. and treatments.

This is the seventh time that the WHO has declared an international emergency (mechanism started in 2005), after having done so for Influenza A in 2009, for Ebola in 2014 and 2018, for Poliomyelitis in 2014, for the Zika virus in 2017 and for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in 2020, the latter still in effect.

According to the latest data from the Directorate-General for Health DGS), Portugal has a total of 588 confirmed cases of infection with the Monkeypox virus.

According to the DGS, a person who is sick is no longer infectious only after complete healing and the crusting of the skin lesions, a period that may eventually exceed four weeks.

The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, severe headache, muscle pain, back pain, tiredness, enlarged lymph nodes with the progressive appearance of rashes that affect the skin and mucous membranes.

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