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.
- 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.