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WHO says monkeypox is containable; German health authority recommends 21-day isolation Updated: 2022-05-25 17:04:11 KST

The World Health Organization on Tuesday said that the outbreak of monkeypox cases in non-endemic countries can be contained.
WHO director for Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness, Sylvia Briand, said that while the outbreak was "not normal", it was still "containable".
She also called for appropriate containment measures, more research, and global collaboration.
This comes as more governments said they would launch limited vaccination programs to combat the virus.
As of Tuesday, authorities have reportedly investigated cases in 19 countries since early May.
According to the WHO,most of the infections so far have not been severe.
The organization is working on new guidance for vaccination strategies and will hold further related meetings.

Meanwhile the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday became the first Gulf state to confirm a caseand the second in the Middle East after Israel.
Slovenia and the Czech Republic also reported their first cases on the same day.
As the virus continues to spread in Europe,Germany's health authority recommended a 21-day isolation period for those infected.

"There should be isolation until the scab drops off, but at least for 21 days. And for close contacts, we also recommend a quarantine of 21 days."

As of Tuesday morning, five cases had been reported in Germany.
To combat the spread of the virus, the country has ordered up to 40-thousand doses of Imvanex, a monkeypox vaccine approved in the U.S.
However, the country's health minister added that the spread does not constitute the beginning of another pandemic.

"What we are experiencing with monkeypox right now is not the beginning of a new pandemic. From all we know, there have been frequent outbreaks of this viral disease and it can also be well controlled through good contact, tracking and caution."
Lee Shi-hoo, Arirang News.
Reporter : slee@arirang.com
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