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The World Health Network (WHN) has reported 3,417 confirmed cases of monkeypox reported in 58 countries and is declaring the current outbreak of monkeypox a pandemic.

The outbreak is rapidly spreading across multiple continents and will not stop without concerted global action. says in the statement.

The WHN announcement came ahead of a WHO meeting on June 23 to decide on the monkeypox outbreak.

The outbreak will not stop without concerted global action, the report said.

Even with a mortality rate much lower than that of smallpox, if action is not taken to stop the ongoing spread – actions that can be put into practice – millions of people will die and many more will become blind and disabled, the report said.

WHN stated that the main purpose of declaring monkeypox a pandemic is to achieve a concerted effort in several countries or around the world to prevent widespread harm.

“There is no reason to expect further growth of the monkeypox pandemic. The best time to act is now. By taking immediate action, we can control the outbreak with the least amount of effort and prevent the effects from getting worse. The actions needed now require only clear communication of symptoms to the public, widely available testing, and contact tracing with very few quarantines. Any delay only complicates the effort and exacerbates the consequences,” said Yanir Bar-Yam, Ph.D., president of the New England Institute of Complex Systems and co-founder of WHN.

“WHO needs to urgently declare its own Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) — the lessons of not declaring a PHEIC immediately in early January 2020 should be remembered as a history lesson about what a late response to an epidemic can mean for the world. said Eric Feigl-Ding, Ph.D., an epidemiologist and health economist, and co-founder of WHN.

“The first 18 months of the Covid pandemic have shown us that stopping the virus is a cost-effective strategy that links health and economic outcomes. Monkeypox is much easier to stop. This will provide a level of transparency, allowing businesses to predict their society and economy into the future,” said Cecile Phillips, economist and president of l’Institut économique Molinari.

Read also: Is monkeypox transmitted sexually or just by close contact? WHO issues guidelines for gay and bisexual communities

WHN is calling for immediate action by the WHO and national CDC organizations, the statement said.

“Early action will have a greater impact with small interventions. If effective action is taken now, larger and more disruptive interventions will not be needed.

Monkeypox and smallpox come from the same family of viruses called orthopoxvirus. Monkeypox is a viral infection that occurs in rodents and primates and is transmitted to humans. It was found in Africa, mainly in rainforest areas, but has now spread throughout the world, especially in Western countries. According to the WHO, monkeypox typically presents clinically with fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes and can lead to a number of medical complications. Monkeypox is usually a self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting 2 to 4 weeks.

Evidence supports many different modes of transmission of monkeypox, including physical contact (touching an infected person, especially rashes/poops), contact with contaminated clothing, bedding and objects, inhalation of airborne particles, and intimate contact/sex.

However, the majority of early cases identified are predominantly those who self-identify as gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men. Accordingly, the UN Health Agency also recently issued an important public health advisory for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

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