Monkeypox disease

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the multi-country outbreak of monkeypox constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Please see the Emergency Committee report and temporary recommendations here.

Monkeypox disease recommendations

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a multi-country monkeypox outbreak.

Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe. Monkeypox virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding. 

IMO has issued a Circular Letter which contains guidance issued by the WHO.

Additional information

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