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2024-2027 Global Strategic Plan for Improving Prevention and Management of mpox

BySamantha Nguyen

May 25, 2024
2024-2027 Global Strategic Plan for Improving Prevention and Management of mpox

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new framework to guide health authorities, communities, and other stakeholders in preventing and controlling mpox outbreaks. Mpox is a viral illness caused by the monkeypox virus (MPXV) that can result in symptoms such as a painful rash, enlarged lymph nodes, and fever. While most people recover fully from mpox, some may become very ill. The virus can be transmitted from person to person through close contact, including sexual contact, and has animal reservoirs in east, central, and west Africa where spillovers from animals to humans can occasionally occur, leading to further outbreaks.

There are two different clades of the virus: clade I and clade II. Clade I outbreaks are deadlier than clade II outbreaks. A major outbreak of clade II mpox began in 2017 and has since spread to all regions of the world. Although the outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern between July 2022 and May 2023 and has largely subsided, cases and deaths continue to be reported, indicating ongoing low-level transmission globally.

Additionally, there is currently a major outbreak of clade I mpox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where cases have been increasing for decades. Since the beginning of the year, over 6500 cases and 345 deaths have been reported in the DRC, with almost half of these cases occurring in children under the age of 15. The Strategic framework for enhancing prevention and control of mpox (2024–2027) offers a roadmap for health authorities, communities, and stakeholders worldwide to control mpox outbreaks, advance research on mpox, improve access to countermeasures, and minimize zoonotic transmission.

By Samantha Nguyen

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