WHO: Monkeypox won’t turn into pandemic, but many unknowns

Mgn MonkeypoxLONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization’s top monkeypox expert said she doesn’t expect the hundreds of cases reported to date to turn into another pandemic, but acknowledged there are still many unknowns about the disease, including how exactly it’s spreading and whether the suspension of mass smallpox immunization decades ago may somehow be speeding its transmission.

WHO’s Dr. Rosamund Lewis said the agency is investigating questions including whether monkeypox is spread via sex, in the air and if people without symptoms are capable of transmitting the disease.

She said past outbreaks have suggested the disease does not spread easily and said there is still time to contain the current problem.

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