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The WHO has no evidence that monkeypox is transmitted through blood transfusions.

The technical director of monkeypox of the World Health Organization (WHO), Rosamund Lewis, has pointed out that So far, no case of monkeypox from blood transfusion has been confirmed.

“Until now there are no cases of monkeypox transmission by blood transfusion“, explained the expert at a press conference this Wednesday from Geneva (Switzerland).

As for another possible form of transmission, semen, Lewis has detailed that “there are studies that show virus DNA in semen, but we don’t know if it is transmitted.” “Intimate contact in a sexual relationship allows transmission and semen itself can contribute to it, but we still don’t know,” he added.

Based on all this scientific evidence, the expert has recalled that WHO recommends the use of condoms as a precautionary measure because “we still don’t know if the infection is transmitted through semen, but also because it reduces skin-to-skin contact.”

It is preferable to completely avoid skin-to-skin contact. with someone who has monkeypox but at the very least using a condom reduces the risk,” he said.

The expert has detailed that to protect yourself from monkeypox “you have to limit physical contact with someone who has the virus, rreduce the number of sexual partnerscasual sex and new partners.

For anyone

Likewise, he has insisted that these recommendations “are for anyone who has multiple sexual partners, not just for men who have sex with men.” “It is not a disease that is limited to a specific group. What happens is that it is being transmitted mainly in one population group: men who identify as gay or bisexual. But physical contact of any kind with someone who is infected can put anyone at risk,” she added.

For his part, the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has described “encouraging” the downward data in countries such as Canada, Germany or the Netherlands.

“It demonstrates the effectiveness of public health interventions and community engagement to track infections and prevent transmission. These signs confirm what we have consistently said from the beginning: that with the right measures, this is an outbreak that can be prevented.” And in regions where there is no animal-to-human transmission, this is a virus that can be eliminated. We may be living with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future, but we don’t have to live with monkeypox,” he argued.

In any case, he warned that elimination “is not going to happen just like that.” “Three things are needed: the evidence that it is possible, which we are now beginning to see; the political will and commitment; and the application of public health measures in the communities that need it most,” he listed.

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