World Health Organization (OMS) emphasized on Tuesday that the monkeypox outbreak and spread of this disease between humans occurs through very close contact, and not through animal-to-human transmission.
“Monkeys occur in various animals and are most common in rodents. The only reason it’s called that is because it was identified in a group of monkeys in a zoo in Denmark,” said Margaret Harris, WHO spokeswoman.
He added that public opinion “needs to clearly understand that the transmission we are seeing is human-to-human, it is transmission through close contact and the concern must focus on what we can do to protect ourselves and to protect others to protect.”
Harris said fear should not lead to attacks on animals, citing cases of monkeys being beaten and poisoned in Brazil.
The virus has the potential to jump from an animal to a human, but “this is not what we see now, the risk of transmission is from another human and it can be stopped if people who have symptoms get medical help search and take precautions not to spread it.
The WHO is in the process of determining a neutral name for this disease and thus avoid stigmatizing a group of animals or people.
Monkeypox has been declared an international health emergency by the WHO, implying the same level of alert attributed to covid-19.