WHO convenes emergency meeting to discuss monkeypox outbreak: key developments

NEW DELHI: The Covid pandemic is not yet over, and there are already reports of another viral infection – monkeypox – spreading rapidly in Europe. The rare virus can cause flu-like symptoms and has been seen outside of Africa.
The World Health Organization is working to better understand the extent and cause of the outbreak and has called an emergency meeting to discuss the matter.
Meanwhile, health experts in India have advised people not to panic because the virus is not ‘contagious’.
Here is the latest information you need to know about the monkeypox outbreak –
Everyone should be worried about monkeypox: Biden
US President Joe Biden has said “everyone” should be concerned about monkeypox. He added that US health officials are studying possible treatments and vaccines to cure the same.
New York resident tests positive
A New York resident has tested positive for the non-human virus that causes monkeypox, public health officials announced Friday evening.
The unidentified patient is in isolation pending final confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control.
UK health official warns of accelerating cases
As the virus spreads across Europe, a top health official has warned that cases of the rare monkeypox virus could accelerate in the coming months.
The first case in the UK was announced on May 7, in a patient who had traveled to Nigeria, bringing the total to 20 with 11 other cases.
The three confirmed cases of monkeypox in Belgium are linked to a large-scale fetish festival in the port city of Antwerp.
In France, the virus had infected a 29-year-old man living in the region that includes Paris.
Italian health authorities have confirmed the country’s first case of monkeypox, in a young man who recently returned from the Canary Islands.
Meanwhile, Portugal has recorded 23 confirmed cases.
Spanish monkeypox outbreak linked to sauna
A sauna in Madrid, the Spanish capital, has been forced to close due to a suspected link to an outbreak of monkeypox in the country, health authorities have announced.
Sauna Paraiso, a gay-friendly establishment, said on Twitter that it was closing.
A Madrid-area health official told reporters that authorities had recorded 21 confirmed cases and 19 suspected cases.
The latest tally from the Department of Health was 7 confirmed cases nationwide, while results are pending for another 23 who tested positive for the virus.
(With agency contributions)

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