City councilor calls for LGBT parade to be suspended to prevent monkeypox outbreak

Vinícius Aith presented the result of an international scientific work on monkeypox contamination, which has already reached the municipality.

In a request to the executive, City Councilor Vinícius Aith (PRTB) asks the city to suspend the 15th Sorocaba Pride Parade, scheduled for August 28, as a precaution against the monkeypox outbreak.

The lawmaker argued that the disease prompted academic researchers from the London-based All East Research Collaboration on Sexual Health and HIV (SHARE) to contact colleagues in 16 affected countries, through informal clinical and research networks, to form a global collaborative group (SHARE). -report).

The experts carried out a study, from April to June this year, the result of which was published in the British scientific journal The New England Journal of Medicine; with the report of 528 Monkeypox infections in humans, finding that 98% of those infected were gay or bisexual men, 75% were white, and 41% had human immunodeficiency virus infection.

In the post, professionals also warned against the suspicion that transmission occurred through sexual activity in 95% of people with the disease. “To date, current spread has disproportionately affected gay or bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, suggesting amplification of transmission through sexual networks,” the infectious disease specialists said.

The easing of preventive measures for the 2019 coronavirus (Covid-19), the resumption of international travel and sexual relations, associated with large meetings, have also been identified as aggravating factors in the proliferation of the disease, which has already reached Sorocaba, with the registration of three cases in one week.

Aith also recalled that the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern; with cases reported in 18 countries, growing in number, and close contact with infected people or contaminated material should be avoided.

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