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Dr. Ann Remoen, professor of epidemiology at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, notes that Monkeypox has “various mechanisms of spread.”
Rimoin, who said she has studied the virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for two decades, explained how it could spread a day after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that International outbreak of monkeypox virus It is now a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
talking on “Fox News LiveRimoin noted that “we know a lot about monkeypox in the context of low-resource settings, in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but we really have to be humble about what we know about how this virus spreads with the potential to spread globally in a high-resource environment.”
And she continued, “What we see now is that this virus spreads rapidly through very close contact between people,” stressing that the virus “can spread in many different ways.”
The monkeypox expert noted that the virus can also be spread by so-called fomites, which are items, including sheets, clothes and towels, that can transmit infection.
She also stressed that “very close personal contact” is another reason for the rapid spread.
Remoen pointed out that the virus spreads in Africa mostly as a result of exposure to animals.
“And then a lot of times we can see this personal contact, which then continues and it can be from someone who’s sick, and the pests are touching the bed sheets, the clothes, those things, and then someone else in contact with them can get it.”
while the United Nations health agency WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus discussed this earlier, explaining at a media briefing on Saturday that the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee had generally agreed that transmission of the virus at the time “did not represent [PHEIC]. “
Since then, he noted, the monkeypox outbreak has continued to grow, with more than 16,000 cases reported from 75 countries and territories. As of Saturday, there were five confirmed deaths.
There is a clear risk of further international spread, Tedros said, although noting that the risk of interfering with international traffic remains low, and the current WHO assessment indicates that the risk of monkeypox is moderate worldwide and in all regions except Europe, where the risk is assessed as high.
despite Monkeypox virus was created In Central and West Africa for decades, it was not known to cause large outbreaks outside the continent or spread widely in people until last May. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 2,891 confirmed cases of monkeypox and orthopoxvirus — most of them in New York, where Vaccination efforts encountered technical problems.
“Viruses do not remain in one community,” Rimoin stressed.
“We all live together, there’s a lot of travel, there’s a lot of commerce, there’s a lot of commuting, so maybe that’s what we’ll see,” she warned.
Monkeypox, which is associated with smallpox, has milder symptoms and these include fever, chills, rash, and aches before the lesions appear.
Julia Mosto of FOX News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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