– Monkey poop is a global health crisis – NRK Norway – Overview of news from different parts of the country


Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced at a press conference on Saturday that monkey fruit is creating a global health crisis.

– We have an outbreak that is rapidly spreading around the world and spreading in new ways, about which we understand very little, but which meets the criteria for a health crisis, Tedros said at a press conference on Friday.

There is a panel of experts who have evaluated the disease. There was no consensus in the committee, but the director-general declared the disease such a crisis.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Photo: AP / NTB Scanpix

At an earlier meeting on June 23, it was not defined as a global health crisis.

The WHO pointed out that the epidemic is geographically widespread and the picture of the disease is different than before.

– The situation has now become more serious internationally, infection control specialist and senior doctor at the Institute of Public Health, Preben Avitsland, tells NRK.

Preben Aavitsland

Preben Aavitsland in FHI.

Photo: Per-Kåre Sandbakk / NRK

He says there are currently about 15,000 cases of monkey flu.

– but there may be some dark figures here.

Doubled in Norway

The number of people infected with the disease has increased in many countries since the beginning of May. There have been no previous major outbreaks outside West and Central Africa, where the disease has existed for a long time localWrite NTB.

The case was discussed in Norway Doubled in recent weeks. The first case in Norway was discovered on May 31.

Norway has 46 confirmed cases in the current outbreak.

– The epidemic is increasing, especially in Europe, FHI’s infection control officer Helena Niemi Ede told NRK earlier this month.

On Friday, the European Medicines Agency, EMA, recommended Approval for use of smallpox vaccine, to overcome the monkey disease. A vaccine against monkeypox is already approved for use in the United States.

The Norwegian Public Health Agency says Norway will receive vaccines against monkey flu later this summer. FHI is in the process of finalizing advice on how doses should be used. But it is not yet known how many doses Norway will receive.

In an effort to prevent the spread of infection, people infected with the virus should be vaccinated. There is a global shortage of the vaccine, and EU countries have chosen to distribute doses among themselves based on population.

Mild symptoms

The monkey usually causes mild symptoms in the form of fever and rash and is rarely fatal. It’s a virus that can cause a painful, painful illness with boils on your body. But it is not considered very dangerous.

The WHO emphasizes that mumps is not a disease that the general public should worry about. And there is no need for mass vaccination or herd immunity campaigns.

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