The World Health Organization (WHO) has rejected claims of a link between Covid-19 vaccination and the monkeypox outbreak.
Misleading claims have also been circulated took to social media, suggesting that vaccines have contributed to the monkeypox outbreak in certain countries.
The organization said there was no evidence linking the two.< /span>
“Some people have linked Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to the monkeypox outbreak, but there is no evidence that they are linked or that the vaccine has outbreak of monkeypox,” said the WHO< span>.
The organization said people had identified patterns in Covid-19 data and were reaching the wrong conclusions arrived.
“Don’t confuse correlation and causation. The fact that two trends occur simultaneously does not mean that they are related.
“Proving causality requires research. Scientists continuously study the safety and effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines and have not found them to cause monkeypox,” WHO said.
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Last month Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla is alert as the country has recorded another positive case of monkeypox.
The second case was a 32-year-old man from Cape Town who had no travel experience, what indicated a high likelihood of local transmission.
“Although monkeypox is less contagious than smallpox and causes less severe disease…the situation is slowly evolving as cases are being recorded” , said Phaahla.
Phaahla urged the public to observe good hygiene practices and other measures that have proven effective in preventing the spread of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases.
“The source and linkage of the cases continues to be investigated and the Department of Health is working in collaboration with the NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases), constantly assess the risk of local transmission in together Working with WHO in accordance with international health regulations.
“Health officials will continue to contact tracing while the situation is closely monitored and will alert doctors to any symptoms being looked for and if the clinical picture matches monkeypox, they are urged to fill out the case investigation form and send in samples for testing,” he told< /p>
Members of the public experiencing similar Symptoms similar to those of monkeypox are urged to contact your nearest health facility for early detection and successful treatment.
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