The World Health Organization (WHO) has today, 23rd of July, 2022, declared the monkeypox outbreak a Global Health Emergency. This means that a coordinated international response is needed to contain the virus.
Monkeypox is most concentrated in Europe as we speak, and homosexual men are at highest risk of contracting it. The virus is spread through physical contact and can live on surfaces. Sexual contact puts persons at greater risk of contracting the virus from an infected person. Monkeypox is not airborne.
There is currently no vaccine for monkeypox, but the WHO said that people who are vaccinated for smallpox many have some protection against monkeypox.
Although monkeypox has a fatality rate of less than 1%, the symptoms are extremely painful and uncomfortable, and can last several weeks. People with weak or compromised immune systems are more likely to suffer and die from monkeypox.
The WHO says that countries around the world need to cooperate in a coordinated fight to prevent monkeypox for escalating into a pandemic since it now has the potential to do so.