Monkeypox Outbreak: New Vaccine Mandates Awaiting?

The world is now under the grip of another disease, monkeypox.

This has, so far, infected 12 member countries of the World Health Organization (WHO), including the United States. Meanwhile, the WHO noted it expects more such cases in the foreseeable future.

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Monkeypox Outbreak: Gays Disproportionately Impacted

While the investigations into the origins of the monkeypox outbreak are ongoing, preliminary findings suggest men who have sex with other men (MSM) are disproportionately impacted by the disease.

In order to tackle the crisis, the WHO also started expanding its surveillance activities in countries where this disease is relatively new.

Included in the impacted countries are the United States, Germany, France, Portugal, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, and the Netherlands.

In the Middle East, Israel also reported its first case on Saturday.

Most of the time, monkeypox is found in western and Central Africa, as this endemic was alienated in Europe and America. Therefore, health experts are worried about this outbreak well beyond the borders of Africa.

Monkeypox is an infectious disease that can spread from the skin lesions, droplets of contaminated people, and sharing towels and beddings of infected persons.

So, quarantining patients is one of the most feasible strategies to contain the disease as per the WHO.

New Vaccine Mandate Possibly on Its Way

Chicken-pox-like rashes, fever, chills, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes are among the symptoms of the disease.

Once the initial rashes appear on the skin, monkeypox usually cleans up within four weeks, as per the WHO.

The agency also noted that human-to-human transmission is happening in symptomatic cases amid this latest wave of disease.

David Heyman, a WHO official, told Reuters the amplification of the disease is also happening in the form of sexual transmission these days. 

These events have once again mobilized global health experts.

For this purpose, an international committee of experts arranged a video conference in which they devised preliminary strategies to contain infection among the masses. 

Despite having this meeting of the global health experts under the WHO, there is no possibility as of now that monkeypox will be declared a public health emergency of international concern.

Parents and healthcare officials who have to take care of affected individuals are most vulnerable to the disease, according to the WHO.

This disease can yet be another disaster at a time when the world is moving away from COVID.

On Sunday, President Biden claimed this outbreak of monkeypox could be “consequential” in America.

Biden also noted “everybody should be concerned” about the new disease, adding the government is figuring out which type of vaccine would be needed to tackle the infection.

Later on, Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, asserted the US has vaccines for monkeypox “available to be deployed,” signaling another vaccine mandate that may come in months ahead.