On Monday, July 11, at 19:30 GMT
Worldwide cases of monkeypoxThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of cases has risen to over 7,500 in at minimum 57 countries. The monkeypox virus was originally found in West and Central Africa. It is now spreading to other countries, even outside Africa. The majority of new cases reported since May have been in the US and Europe, particularly among men who have sex.
New cases are mostly affecting gay men and bisexual men. Health officials are concerned that social stigma may hinder efforts to find and contain the disease.
Monkeypox can be a mild form of viral infection. However, it can also cause severe or fatal complications in immunocompromised and young patients. It is spread by close contact. Vaccines can also be used to prevent smallpox.
These vaccines are in short supply worldwide and the WHO is working closely with manufacturers to address this problem. In Africa, where monkeypox is endemic in 11 countries, the continent’s top public health agency expressed the hope The rich would not keep vaccines in their homesAs they did with COVID-19 Inoculations.
In this episode of The Stream, we’ll look at what’s being done to curb the spread of monkeypox.