‘There are probably more cases of monkey goats’: WHO confirms 80 cases in 11 countries


The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 80 cases of monkey goats in 11 countries and said they are working to better understand the extent and cause of the outbreak.

In a statement released Thursday, the WHO said the virus is endemic in some animal populations in many countries, leading to occasional outbreaks among locals and travelers.



“WHO and partners are working to better understand the extent and cause of monkeypox outbreaks. The virus is endemic in some animal populations in many countries, leading to occasional outbreaks among locals and travelers. Recent outbreaks reported in 11 countries are currently atypical, as occur in non-endemic countries, “the WHO said.

“About 80 cases and 50 ongoing investigations have been confirmed so far. With the expansion of controls, more cases are likely to be reported,” they added.

The World Health Organization says it continues to receive updates on the state of current outbreaks in endemic countries to expand disease control.

“Ringworm spreads differently than COVID-19. The WHO encourages people to stay informed from reliable sources, such as national health authorities, about the extent of the outbreak in their community (if any), symptoms and prevention,” the statement added.

Monkey goats are a viral zoonosis (a virus that is transmitted to humans and animals) with symptoms very similar to those seen in patients with black goats in the past, although clinically less severe.

According to the WHO, monkey goats are usually clinically manifested by fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and can cause a number of health complications. Monkey goats are usually a self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting 2 to 4 weeks.

By issuing a warning to the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR), the central government urged them to closely monitor the condition of monkey goats and send samples of travelers with symptoms to the National Institute of Virology. (NIV) in Pun for further investigation.

“Monitor the condition of monkey goats abroad closely. Send samples (to NIV, Pune) only in cases where people show certain specific symptoms. Not samples of sick passengers,” sources told ANI.

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