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    WHO official: European monkeypox epidemic may be completely eliminated if prevention and control are strengthened

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    The number of new monkeypox cases in European countries such as France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom has decreased for several weeks. According to a WHO report released last week, although most of the infected people came from Europe in the early stages of the monkeypox outbreak, in the past four weeks, about 60% of the world’s new monkeypox cases have occurred in the Americas, while the proportion in Europe has dropped. to less than forty percent.

    WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kruger said: “We believe that we have the potential to completely eliminate the continued human-to-human transmission of monkeypox virus in the European region. To achieve this, we need to urgently strengthen our response.”

    Catherine Smallwood, WHO’s European Regional Monkeypox Response Officer, believes that given the shortage of monkeypox vaccines in Europe and the time it takes for vaccination to become effective, the main reason for the slowdown in monkeypox outbreaks in this region may be ” Early detection, early isolation” and changes in people’s behavior.

    Smallwood said there is some evidence that countries have increased awareness of monkeypox virus prevention and control among the population, especially men who have sex with men and other groups at higher risk of infection.

    WHO declared on July 23 that the monkeypox outbreak constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern”. As of August 29, more than 47,600 monkeypox cases have been reported in about 90 countries and regions around the world. Among them, the United States has the largest cumulative number of monkeypox cases, about 17,000. (Zhang Jing)

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