WHO warns Brazilians to stop killing monkeys to spread monkeypox

The World Health Organization has made an unusual request to Brazilians to stop killing monkeys over fears they are the main vector of monkeypox.

“What people need to know is that the transmission we are seeing is between people,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said in Geneva.

The appeal comes after reports of physical attacks on monkeys in Brazil, where 10 monkeys were found poisoned in the city of Rio Preto and others were found in various states of torture. Harris reiterated that the primates are not responsible for the spike in human-to-human transmission cases.

Around a dozen deaths and 28,100 cases have been confirmed outside West and Central Africa – which the WHO classifies the virus as endemic. Brazil has registered more than 1,700 cases and one death. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said 98 percent of monkeypox cases were reported in men who had sex with men.

The WHO blamed the disease’s name as the main reason for the abuse of monkeys, citing a number of other animals and rodents as transmitting the infection. “The concern should be where it is [is circulating] in the human population and what people can do to protect themselves from getting it and transmitting it,” Harris said. “Humans should never attack animals.”

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted an emergency use authorization for the Jynneous vaccine and how it will be administered to get more people vaccinated during supply chain shortages. The group says the vaccine should be given intradermally, or between the layers of skin, rather than subcutaneously or just under the skin. The change in methodology is expected to increase the number of doses from one vial to five from one. The group says all high-risk adults should be vaccinated. Only people under the age of 18 should traditionally be given the vaccine subcutaneously.

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