WHO Worried About Monkeypox Spreading to Children, Pregnant Women

Monkeypox

Recently outbreaks of monkeypox have spread to children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, which the WHO is concerned about.

The virus, which first appeared in children, has now been confirmed in more than 3,000 patients spread across more than 50 countries who are both endemic and non-endemic to the infection.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tredos Adhanom said during a media briefing that there is an increasing trend of infection, mainly among men who have sex with men.

He said, “I am concerned about continued transmission. The virus is establishing itself and it can transfer to high-risk groups including children, immunocompromised and pregnant women.

The WHO said it was investigating reports of infection in children under the age of 18 in Spain and France, while the UK had two cases since May.

The WHO recently stopped declaring the virus an international emergency on the advice of the Emergency Committee on International Health Regulations (2005).

While the global health body noted that the growing monkeypox outbreak in more than 50 countries should be closely monitored.

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