WHO predicts an increase in monkeypox deaths

WHO predicts an increase in monkeypox deaths

An increase in the number of monkeypox-related deaths is expected, the WHO Regional Office for Europe said on Saturday following the announcement of the first deaths outside Africa. However, the organization points out that serious complications remain rare.

Since Friday, two deaths of people with monkeypox have been announced from Spain and another from Brazil, with no known whether the virus is actually the cause of these deaths.

The three cases bring the number of deaths recorded globally to eight from May through May, with the top five reported in Africa, where the disease is endemic and was first detected in humans in 1970.

Objective: Quickly stop monkeypox

“Given the continued spread of monkeypox in Europe, we expect more deaths,” Catherine Smallwood, a WHO Europe emergency officer, said in a statement.

The goal must be “to quickly stop the transmission of the virus in Europe and put an end to this epidemic,” insists Smallwood, who however stresses that without most cases, the disease will cure itself, even without requiring treatment.

“Reporting monkeypox-related deaths does not change our assessment of the epidemic in Europe. We know that, although in most cases it is self-limiting, monkeypox can lead to serious complications, “she noted.

For now, the WHO emphasizes that there are no vaccines for everyone and therefore recommends giving priority to those who are most at risk, those who are sick and those who treat or research them.

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