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WHO records 18,000 cases of monkeypox globally

By Esther Kalu

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded no fewer than 18,000 cases of monkeypox in Nigeria and 77 other countries with the majority in Europe.

The WHO was said to have declared the outbreak a global health emergency last weekend over the rising cases of the virus.

WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus on Wednesday, in Gevena urged that group should consider reducing the numbers of new sexual partners and swapping contact details with any new partners.

“This is an outbreak that can be stopped… The best way to do that is to reduce the risk of exposure,”That means making safe choices for yourself and others” he said.

On his part, WHO emergencies director, Mike Ryan said that Monkeypox is in the process of being renamed, to avoid the name being weaponised or used in a racist way.

As gathered, So far, 98% of cases outside the countries in Africa where the virus is endemic have been reported in men who have sex with men.

The U.N. agency is recommending vaccination for high-risk groups, including healthcare workers, and men who have sex with men with multiple sexual partners

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