Monkeypox, a disease that is rapidly spreading across the globe, has been deemed a public health emergency of international concern. Signs and symptoms include muscle aches, headaches, fever and fatigue. Rashes, which resemble pimples and pus-filled blisters, can also appear all over the body. It’s a situation that the World Health Organisation has urged everyone to exercise vigilance. Here’s what the W.H.O.’s Director General had to say.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO: “We have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly. So, new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little, and which meets the criteria in the international health regulations. For all of these reasons, I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern. Although I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern, for the moment this is an outbreak that is concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sexual partners. That means that this is an outbreak that can be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups. It’s therefore essential that all countries work closely with communities of men who have sex with men, to design and deliver effective information and services, and to adopt measures that protect the health, human rights, and dignity of affected communities.”
Thus far, no cases have been detected in Belize but there have been reports of infections as close as Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico.