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WHO Advices Reducing Sexual Partners Amidst Monkeypox Spread

On Saturday, WHO declared the Monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency. WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has warned men regarding a spike in the cases. He has urged men at the risk of exposure to reduce their sexual partners for the moment in respect to this escalating crisis in times of this emergency. The virus has been affecting multiple countries since its first recorded case in recent times. 


The WHO said there had been more than 18,000 cases of monkeypox reported globally from 78 countries, with the majority in Europe, where the virus is non-endemic. Director-General Tedros has also observed that 98% of the monkeypox cases recorded have appeared amongst gay or bisexual men who have had multiple sexual partners. He has asked such men sexually involved with other men to adopt precautionary measures. 


“That means making safe choices for yourself and others, for men who have sex with men,” Tedros said. “This includes, for the moment, reducing your number of sexual partners.” Tedros believes this is an outbreak that can be stopped and controlled, provided there is a reduction in the risk of exposure. This would require those at risk to make safe choices for themselves and those around them. 


The World Health Organization estimates that between 5 million and 10 million doses of vaccine will be required to protect all high-risk groups from the monkeypox outbreak. The WHO director also asked countries with smallpox vaccines  to share them during the Monkeypox outbreaks. The aim to do so would be to offer equitable access to vaccines during another pandemic.


 The UN Health Agency is recommending vaccination for high-risk groups, including healthcare workers and men who have sex with men with multiple sexual partners. WHO emergencies director Mike Ryan said Monkeypox is in the process of being renamed to avoid the name being "weaponized" or used in a racist way. Since the beginning of its spread, the virus has hospitalised 10% of the affected, and fivepeople have died as a result of the outbreak, the WHO said.


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