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Monkeypox Advisory For Pride Organizers

Be alert, aware, and prepared.

Communities in the global south have been impacted by monkeypox for many years. In most cases, monkeypox is a mild infection that clears up on its own within two to four weeks after initial symptoms appear. The virus that causes monkeypox can be passed from person to person by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets, and contaminated items like bedding.

The clinical manifestations of monkeypox are very similar to those of smallpox, which was an illness caused by an orthopoxvirus very similar to monkeypox and was declared eradicated from the world in 1980. The symptoms of monkeypox are less than those of smallpox, and the disease is also less contagious.

There is now a multi-country outbreak of monkeypox in numerous parts of the world; however, the entire size of the outbreak, as well as the consequences of it, are unknown at this time. The number of people diagnosed with monkeypox is rising in Europe and other parts of the world. Doctors believe that the disease could have a significant impact on the overall health of the world’s population, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has confirmed that 219 cases in 12 countries have been confirmed.

Infected people manifest symptoms similar to those of the flu, including a high temperature, aches and pains throughout the body, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that can appear on the face and other body areas. Additionally, sick people may notice an enlargement of their lymph nodes. In 1958, the virus responsible for monkeypox was discovered in monkeys for the first time. The first known case of the sickness in a human was found by researchers in 1970 in the southern region of the world.

The World Health Organization offers numerous answers to the most pressing questions Pride organizers will likely face during Pride month in the global north. Please visit the World Health Organization website for information on the monkeypox virus.

InterPride encourages Pride organizers to share relevant information with attendees and for members of our community to be more mindful of this recent outbreak. The need for vigilance during this precarious time is of the utmost importance. We encourage everyone to be alert, aware, and prepared for any possible signs and symptoms of this mild virus.

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