WHO insists Pride parades pose a low risk of smallpox as most distribution is linked to nightclubs

Pride parades present little risk of spread smallpox monkey as most of the distribution is linked to ‘closed spaces’ such as nightclubs, a World Health Organization a counselor suggested.

Andy Seale, of the agency’s agency on HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, said in a briefing yesterday that there is no “enhanced risk” of transmission at the annual holidays.

Many cases have been traced to meetings in indoor spaces, he said, where the virus is transmitted by physical touch.

He added that condoms would not prevent anyone from becoming infected because skin lesions – which spread the virus – could spread throughout the body.

In the UK, health leaders tell people who suffer from any symptoms of the virus such as a rash, to abstain from sex and close physical contact.

After someone removes an infection, they are ordered to wear a condom for eight weeks “as a precaution.” There is no evidence that it spreads through sperm.

A disproportionate number of monkeypox infections have been detected among gay and bisexual men worldwide and in the United States.

The explosion in Europe – which has now hit 400 cases – is likely to have been caused by massive pride parties in Spain and a fetish festival in Belgium last month.

But the WHO suggests that the virus may have spread on the continent unnoticed since March 15.

In the United States, a total of 15 cases were detected in eight states. Most are linked to international travel, although health officials now assume that human-to-human transmission occurs in the country.

Andy Seale, of the agency’s agency on HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, said in a briefing yesterday that there was “no reason to worry” about catching the virus at these events.

The WHO says Pride parades should continue as normal.  Pictured are people celebrating Pride in San Diego, California

The WHO says Pride parades should continue as normal. Pictured are people celebrating Pride in San Diego, California

Speaking at the conference, Seale said: ‘From our point of view, we would like to send a message that it is important for people who want to go out and celebrate LGBTQ + to keep going and doing that.

– Most of these events are outdoor, they are familiar.

“We see no reason to worry about enhanced probability of distribution in that context because the parties we looked at well were in more enclosed spaces and so on.”

People with monkeypox were ordered to abstain from sex and wear condoms for EIGHT WEEKS after infection.

People with monkeypox have been told to avoid sex.

Even after clearing the infection, they are advised to wear condoms for eight weeks.

Health leaders insist the risk to the public remains low.

But they did urge everyone to pay attention to new rashes or lesions on any part of their body – which appear as spots, ulcers or blisters.

In the guidance, the UKHSA said: “Cases should also be abstained from sex during symptoms, including the period of early symptom onset, and during lesions present.

“Although there is currently no available evidence of monkeypox in genital excretions as a precaution, cases are advised to use condoms for eight weeks after infection and this guidance will be updated when evidence appears.”

At the briefing, Seale also gave advice that wearing a condom would not be enough to stop the spread of the virus.

– Let’s not hesitate to remind people that it is still useful to talk about condoms, for example, to protect people from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

“But for monkeypox, condoms will not provide an extra layer of protection – due to the fact that close body contact is the main risk factor.”

Monkeypox infections start with a fever before a rash appears across the face.

About five days later, lesions also appear on the skin.

Many cases are mild and clear up within four weeks on their own. But between one in ten and one in 100 people who become infected die from the disease.

It is mainly spread by physical contact with skin lesions, with people only being able to transmit the virus when they have symptoms.

Last week the WHO called on gay and bisexual men to take precautions to limit their exposure to the virus.

They said anyone who has symptoms should isolate at home and avoid skin-to-skin contact with others.

They were also ordered to keep their hands and surfaces that are regularly touched clean, and to wear a mask if they came in close contact with others.

They said: “Monkeypox can spread during close skin-to-skin contact during sex, including kissing, touching, oral and penetrating sex with someone who has symptoms.

‘Avoid having close contact with anyone who has symptoms’.

Last week, the LGBT rent program, Grindr, issued an alert for monkeypox, urging gay and bisexual men to be aware of the virus’s symptoms.

The warning was issued to users across Europe last night, advising them to contact their sexual health care provider if they have unusual ulcers or rashes.

British health officials are now ordering potential patients with smallpox to avoid having sex with others.

In a statement released Monday, they said: “People with possible, probable or confirmed monkeypox should avoid contact with other people until their injuries heal and the scabs dry out.

– Don’t go to a sex clinic without contacting them first. Stay home and avoid close contact with other people until you are told what to do. ‘

Globally, monkeypox has now been spotted in more than 20 countries where it is not native to most in Europe.

Health officials say the virus has been circulating for some time – perhaps as early as March 15 – but has gone unnoticed.

A total of 15 cases have been spotted in the United States so far, and Florida today reveals that it has detected another possible case.

They are mostly between gay and bisexual men and have been linked to a trip abroad with people returning from Canada or Europe.

One case in Virginia – which is in a woman – has been traced back to a recent trip from an area of ​​Africa where it is endemic.

There are now possible cases of human-to-human transmission reported on U.S. soil, in a sign that the explosion is still circulating undiagnosed.

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