“The risk of monkeypox becoming established in non-endemic countries is real,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned at a briefing on Wednesday.
“But, that scenario can be prevented,” he noted. “WHO urges the affected countries to make every effort to identify all cases and contacts to control this outbreak and prevent onward monkeypox spread.”
The United Nations health agency said that there have been more than 1,000 reported cases across 29 countries in the current outbreak outside countries in Africa, where the disease most commonly spreads.
People normally become infected with the monkeypox virus through contact with the skin lesions or bodily fluids of infected animals or humans or through contact with materials contaminated with the virus.
Rosamund Lewis, the WHO technical lead on monkeypox, said that the risk of aerosol is not yet fully known, and instructed health workers treating monkeypox patients to wear a mask.
source: Yahoo News