Dr Poonam Khetrapal, Regional Director of the Globe Health Organization’s South-East Asia Region, stated on Monday that the world is experiencing the unexpected resurgence of Monkeypox.
When asked why Monkeypox is getting so much attention right now, Poonam Khetrapal remarked, “Cases of Monkeypox are being reported from numerous nations.” Many of them had never seen Monkeypox before. The surprising worldwide and regional spread of this illness suggests that it may have been circulating below the detection of monitoring systems. It is plausible that persistent human-to-human transmission, whether direct or indirect, went undiscovered for some time.”
When asked about the risk of transmission in South East Asian countries, Dr Khetrapal said, “The region has been on alert for Monkeypox since the reporting of an increase in cases globally. Countries have been taking measures to rapidly detect and take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of monkeypox. WHO has been supporting the member countries in the Region to assess the risk for monkeypox and strengthening their capacities to prepare and respond to the evolving multi-country outbreak. We have been sharing guidance for raising awareness; surveillance, case investigation and contact tracing; laboratory diagnostics and testing; clinical management and infection prevention and control and community engagement.”