After being classified as health emergency to monkeypox, the WHO does not believe that mass vaccination is necessary. This was indicated by its Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said there are still actions countries and people can take to avoid contagion. One recommended that men who have sex with men (who account for 98% of infections) have fewer partners.
“This is an epidemic that can be stopped if countries, communities and individuals educate themselves, take the risk seriously and take the necessary steps to stop transmission and protect vulnerable groups. The best way to do this is to reduce the risk of exposure. ANDIt means making decisions that are safe for yourself and for others. For men who have sex with men, this includes, for now, reducing the number of sex partners, reconsidering sex with new partners, and exchanging contact details with any new partners to allow follow-up if necessary.” underlined the director of WHO.
For now, the Vaccines are recommended only for people who have been close to infected patients, relatives, friends and sexual contacts of people in whom the disease has been confirmed, as well as for health workers.
This Wednesday, from Ginera, they insisted that the effectiveness of the vaccine is uncertain and that it also takes weeks to become immunized. This is why they urge the population to reduce risky contacts. “Vaccinated people should continue to take steps to protect themselves by avoiding close contact, including sexual intercourse, with other people at risk of monkeypox.“, said the WHO.
Although 98% of cases come from men who have sex with men, anyone can contract the virus, as it is also transmitted through saliva and sweat.
In addition to transmission through sexual contact, monkeypox can spread through homes through close person-to-person contact, such as hugs and kisses, and on contaminated towels or bedding.
In Ecuador, three people have been detected with monkeypox and the Ministry of Public Health has urged continued mask use and basic hygiene measures.