The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting to discuss the monkeypox, a virus that is spreading rapidly across Europe and North America. The health agency is expected to focus on the virus and the vaccine, The Telegraph reported.
Monkeypox has occurred in several countries this month. The United Kingdom has confirmed 20 cases of the rare virus since May 6. France, Germany and Belgium also reported their first cases of monkeypox today.
Monkeypox is a virus that is transmitted from animals to humans, with symptoms similar to smallpox but less clinically severe.
Rare diseases, which are not usually fatal, often manifest themselves through fever, muscle aches, lymph node swelling, chills, fatigue, and rashes like chickenpox on hands and face.
Monkeypox can be transmitted through contact with a infected person’s skin wounds and blisters, as well as through shared items such as beds and towels. The WHO also said that some recent incidents appear to have infected the gay community.
There is currently no specific treatment for monkeypox. Patients should usually stay in a specialist hospital so that the infection does not spread and the general symptoms can be treated.