In the domain of preventive medicine, Dr. Thira Woratanarat stands as a keen observer and analyst. He recently pointed out a worrying trend related to disease ‘mpox’, a challenge authorities are earnestly combating. Records show that since the World Health Organisation (WHO) embarked on tracking the disease patterns and incidences from last year, as many as 461 mpox cases have been flagged in Thailand till the count on October 1.
Delving into the specifics, Dr. Thira expounded on the alarming scenario by noting how the disease transmission rate amplified in September. Originally, it stood at roughly five per day, which saw a noticeable hike to six during the latter part of the same month. Thus, it’s evident that the transmission of mpox in Thailand has been demonstrating an upward trajectory.
WHO’s global mpox report unveils an even more concerning state of affairs. It has confirmed a tally of 90,630 cases spanning across 115 countries, as of August 9. It’s indeed lamentable that 161 of these cases didn’t survive the battle against the pernicious virus. The significant bulk of these cases – over 90% – have emerged from the Americas and Europe.
Shift forward to the present times and a global pandemic witnessed an unsettling outbreak pattern. Mpox cases now crop up from all corners of the globe, even including regions that traditionally stayed clear of any reported mpox cases in the past. This scenario illustrates the virus’s wide-reaching effects.
Drilling down into the demographics of the infected, Dr. Thira shed light on the predominant transmission methods. Men who have sex with men top the list, but it’d be a folly to exclude others from the risk. Through intimate associations or contact with an infected person or animal or interaction with contaminated materials, anyone can potentially attract the virus.
Armed with this knowledge, it’s important to heed Dr. Thira’s recommendations on mitigating this menace. He advised the public to practice vigilance and caution when interacting with unknown individuals and to abstain from sexual relations with non-regular partners. Furthermore, the simplest yet most effective approach ties back to the undeniable potential of wearing face masks. A mask can significantly drop the probability of contracting infections, thereby serving as a reason compelling enough for its continued use.