The World Health Organization offers options for action to contain the monkeypox epidemic, the extent of which is unprecedented in Europe in spring 2022.
Europe is at the epicenter of the monkeypox epidemic because it is the region ” largest and largest geographically been reported outside the endemic areas of West and Central Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) recalled this in a press release sent to the press on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
In the same document, the WHO points out that the risk of an increase in transmission is particularly high in summer. However, at this point we are still far from a pandemic and monkeypox is very different from Covid, which will not require restrictive measures at this point like the population experienced in 2020 and 2021.
However, the evolution of this virus is still uncertain. To curb its spread, We need a significant and urgent reduction in exposures through clear communication, acting together, isolating cases during the time of infection, and effective contact tracing and surveillance “, explains the WHO.
The WHO monkeypox roadmap
In order to curb the spread of monkeypox as quickly and as effectively as possible, the WHO has drawn up a list of 7 options for action:
- Actively engage community groups and leaders and civil society organizations create awareness ” and to ” share information about how to reduce the risk of exposure, ” particularly by reducing the number of their sexual partners “.
- encourage people – “ including young people, regardless of gender, orientation or sexual activity — Learn about monkeypox and what to do if you think you may have been exposed to the disease or show signs of it.
- Support organizers and communities attending upcoming mass gatherings in Europe.” to use these events to share accurate, practical and targeted information with participants “.
- Equip healthcare facilities and public health teams with the knowledge ” and ” diagnostic skills they must quickly identify, investigate, and confirm cases.
- Ensure that monkeypox patients are instructed to self-isolate during the contagious phase of their illness, to refrain from sexual and other close contact with others, and that they are supported during their isolation.
- Instantly trace all contacts of cases and monitor for no relevant diseases. for 21 days “. When contacts are quarantined ” is not absolutely necessary “according to the WHO, temperature checks and self-monitoring twice a day” are essential “.
- Use the ” currently available medical countermeasures” in a “fair and equitable manner », depending on the level of risk, availability and relevance of the intervention. ” We cannot allow ugly competition for limited resources to repeat the early days of the Covid pandemic. “Concerns the WHO.
For the WHO, the implementation of these options for action could demystify » this disease still little known in the West by countering the misinformation that already abounds on the Internet.
At the same time, this avoids stigmatizing certain groups of people. In terms of public health, this serves to “ Accelerate action by regions, countries and communities to stop the spread » By accelerating the delivery of diagnostics, vaccines, antivirals and other equipment.
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