OREANDA-NEWS The World Health Organization is convening an emergency meeting of experts to discuss an outbreak of monkeypox in several countries, The Telegraph reported, citing sources, Gazeta.ru reported.

According to its data, the main topics for conversation will be the ways smallpox spreads, its high prevalence among homosexual and bisexual men. As noted in the article, experts can also discuss the situation with vaccination and the use of smallpox vaccine produced by Bavarian Nordic for those who have come into contact with infected people.

The article also points out that preliminary evidence suggests that the virus cannot be spread sexually and that if a person is vaccinated within four days of infection, the vaccine can reverse the course of the infection and improve prognosis.

A case of monkeypox was first identified in Australia in a tourist returning from Europe. Two more cases of the disease have been confirmed in Canada. In recent days, the disease has also been detected in several countries in Europe and the United States.

Earlier, Russian Security Council deputy chairman Dmitry Medvedev said that the cases of monkeypox detected in Europe caused serious concern.