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Monkeypox cases in Africa not concentrated amongst gay men, says WHO

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Monkeypox outbreaks in Africa, unlike other parts of the world, are not concentrated among gay men, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa CDC said Thursday.

Outbreaks of the viral disease have been reported from 78 countries, mostly in Europe, and 98% of cases outside of endemic African countries have been reported in men who have sex with men.

But experts say the pattern of transmission is different in Africa, where repeated outbreaks have been reported since the 1970s.

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“Right now, 60% – 350 – 60% of the cases we have are men and 40% are women,” said epidemiologist Dr. He mentioned the number of cases.

The WHO reports that monkeypox cases in Africa are not concentrated among gay men, unlike other countries with outbreaks.Pi
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He said more than 80% of African cases were in countries with previous infections, and people were usually first exposed to the virus through contact with animals carrying the virus before infecting family members. rice field.

He added that women usually take care of the sick at home and that this is one of the factors that has made it prevalent among women.

Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, acting director of the African Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in a separate media briefing that there was no evidence that transmission between gay men was a specific factor in the outbreak in Africa. Told.

“We have been collecting data on monkeypox since 1970, but that particular indicator, sex between men, has never emerged as a significant problem here in Africa.

With the WHO declaring it a global health emergency, more than 18,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported worldwide.

Monkeypox is spread through close contact and tends to cause flu-like symptoms and pus-filled skin lesions.

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Public health officials say that in many countries, infections are concentrated among men who have sex with men, but anyone can catch the virus through prolonged close contact and particles from items such as bedding and towels. I am emphasizing something.

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