WHO concerned that monkeypox could spread quickly to children

World Health Organization (WHO) experts are concerned that the monkeypox virus could spread among children, who are considered the most vulnerable part of the population in the context of the transmission of infectious diseases.

This is reported Bloomberg with reference to WHO expert opinions, Ukrinform reports.

It is noted that at present the disease has been recorded in more than 80 children in several countries. In most cases, the transmission of the virus occurred through household contacts.

“Children who are in constant contact in schools and kindergartens can be especially vulnerable. In fact, they pick up dozens of viruses every year, including an infectious rash on their hands, feet and mouth, raising concerns that if monkeypox starts to spread in childcare facilities, it will be difficult to contain,” the article says.

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Anyone can get the monkeypox virus, experts say. This disease is characterized by ulcers that sometimes lead to swollen lymph nodes or other flu-like symptoms.

“Although the main mode of transmission is sexual contact, the virus can spread in other ways. If someone gets sick at home, the virus can quite easily infect other residents through shared clothing or towels, touching sores, or prolonged skin-to-skin contact, such as during hugs.

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As Ukrinform reported, the WHO declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency last week.

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