WHO says monkeypox outbreak “can still be controlled” because risk of transmission is “low”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has assured that the monkeypox outbreak that has been registered in 16 countries, including Spain, "can still be controlled" because the overall risk of transmission is "under".

"From what we know about the virus and its modes of transmission, this outbreak can still be contained, so the goal is to contain and stop it."said the smallpox expert and member of the UN agency’s Emergency Program, Rosamund Lewis.

In the WHO’s opinion, it is "unlikely" that the virus has already mutated, although he considers that the transmission may be being driven by the socialization that is taking place in the world after the lifting of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

This outbreak of monkeypox has been transmitted mainly, as the United Nations body has recalled, by close skin-to-skin contact, although the virus can also be transmitted by breath droplets and contaminated bedding.

The incubation period for monkeypox is usually 6 to 13 days, although it can range from 5 to 21 days. "We do not yet have information on whether it is transmitted through body fluids"Lewis acknowledged, to urge potentially risk groups to "be attentive" when they are in close contact with other people and remember that it can affect "to anyone" And not just men who have sex with men.

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