Turkey Reports Five Monkeypox Cases

Turkey on Wednesday reported five more cases of monkeypox after recording the first on June 30.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that one of the five patients has recovered and discharged from hospital while the others are in an isolation ward and are in good health.

Koca said that there is no serious risk of a pandemic in the country at the moment and people in close contact with the patients were also immediately isolated. 

However, there is no exact information on the number of people in Turkey who are isolated over suspected monkeypox.

“All citizens, especially the elderly, must get booster shots for COVID-19 because somehow, it is useful for monkeypox too,” Koca added.   

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called on all countries to work together to stop the rapidly spreading outbreak of monkeypox irrespective of the “nationality, skin color, or religion of the affected population.”

“We have been working on monkeypox in Africa for several years, but nobody was interested,” WHO Assistant Director-General for Emergencies Ibrahima Soce Fall said.

Fall said that the world is reacting now once northern countries became affected by the disease.

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