The unusual spread of monkeypox does not mean that people should avoid the LGBTQ Pride Parade this summer, a World Health Organization expert said Monday.
Usually mild illnesses that can cause flu-like symptoms and skin lesions have adversely affected men who have sex with men. Health officials stressed that the disease can be transmitted to anyone through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.
“It’s important that those who want to go out and celebrate gay pride, LGBTQ pride, want to go and plan to do so,” Andy Seal, a strategy adviser at the WHO’s Sexually Transmitted Infections program, told a WHO social media briefing. .
“Most of these events – official events – are outdoor, they are family friendly. We don’t see any real reason to be concerned about the increased likelihood of infection in that context.”
He added that many of the incidents associated with the current events took place in confined spaces such as nightclubs.
Upcoming Pride is scheduled for March 26 in New York or July 23 in Berlin among other places.
Another WHO official said there was no possibility of an outbreak of monkeypox outbreak outside Africa, adding that it was not yet clear whether infected people who did not show symptoms could be infected.
More than 300 suspected and confirmed monkeypox cases have been reported in May, mostly in Europe.
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