WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has declared monkeypox an international public health emergency. He did so after a team of experts failed even on the third attempt to reach a consensus on the dangers of this disease. They can be understood – 98% of known cases of infection fall on the category of homosexual men who are not representative of the entire human civilization as a whole.
Monkeypox has so far been found in 16,800 people in 74 countries, but experts around the world assess the risk of infection as minimal. The exception is the region of Europe, where the maximum number of cases was recorded. After studying the stories of 528 people in 16 countries, experts concluded that 95% of infections occurred through sexual contact. Places of spread of the disease are also known – saunas, massage and tattoo parlors, as well as gay sex parties.
From a scientific point of view, the fact that the disease spreads among a narrow group of people under certain conditions is very encouraging. This offers a chance to control monkeypox through administrative and preventive measures without putting pressure on hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry. This work should be entrusted to local authorities, and drugs against smallpox can be used to treat those who are already ill.