More than 18,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported globally from 78 countries, the majority of them in Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
So far, 98% of cases have been reported in men who have sex with men, the WHO said.
Its director, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, urged the group to consider reducing the number of partners and exchanging contact information with new partners.
“This is an epidemic that can be stopped… the best way to do that is to reduce the risk of exposure,” Tedros told a news conference from Geneva. “It means making safe decisions for yourself and others.”
The United Nations agency recommends vaccination for high-risk groups, including men who have sex with men with multiple partners and health workers.
It warned that it takes several weeks after receiving a second dose of the vaccine to be fully protected, so people should take other precautions until then.
About 10% of patients have been hospitalized in the current outbreak and five have died, all in Africa, the WHO said.
It usually causes mild to moderate symptoms, including fever, fatigue, and painful skin lesions that resolve within a few weeks.
Tedros said there were about 16 million doses of approved vaccine available, but only in bulk, so it would take several months to get them into vials.
The WHO is encouraging countries with stockpiles to share vaccines while supplies are limited, he added.
More than 18,000 cases of monkeypox globally, most in Europe: WHO – SABC News
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