Mpox no longer a global health emergency: WHO

Context: The World Health Organisation (WHO), after the recommendation of the organisation’s emergency committee, has announced that Mpox is no longer a global health emergency.

About Monkeypox:

  • Mpox (monkeypox) is a viral zoonotic disease caused by the mpox virus, a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus.
  • Mpox is characterized by rash or skin lesions that are usually concentrated on the face, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet.
  • It is mainly spread to people from animals, primarily rodents and monkeys, and human-to-human transmission can occur through contact with bodily fluids, respiratory droplets, or contaminated objects.
  • There is currently no specific treatment for mpox, it may be treated with some antiviral drugs used to treat smallpox. Also, monkeypox is self-limiting, which means it can get better without treatment. 
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Practise MCQ:

Q. Consider the following statements with reference to the Monkey Pox:

1. Monkey pox is an airborne viral infection.

2. It is a zoonotic disease with no cases of human-to-human transmission.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

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Answer: (d) 

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