Monkeypox declared a health emergency: What does it mean and how to protect yourself – Expert explains – Times Now

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"If COVID-19 is like a snake bite, Monkeypox is like bed bugs: Important and concerning, but not the same. Dont fall for fear mongering. Monkeypox is harder to transmit. Requires close skin contact with lesions, fluid. Soiled surfaces and beddings are also a risk. Rarely respiratory droplets can transmit. But its not a new virus and we have available vaccines to fight it," the award-winning clinician explained in a Twitter thread.

Younus also emphasised the need for widely available point-of-care testing for monkeypox and the strategic use of (ring) vaccination where outbreaks have been identified. "Currently, only specialized labs can perform the tests, turnaround times are many days allowing the disease to spread unchecked," he noted.

The WHO had previously declared emergencies for public health issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak, the Zika virus in Latin America in 2016 and the ongoing effort to eradicate polio.

India has confirmed three cases of monkeypox, all reported in Kerala.

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