The leading epidemiologist China published a series of recommendations to prevent the spread of monkeypox, after the first contagion was registered in the country on Friday. According to this official, “it is necessary to strengthen surveillance and prevention of monkeypox at the social level.” His advice, however, received a wave of criticism on social networks.
“Avoid direct skin-to-skin contact with foreigners,” indicates the first recommendation of Wu Zunyou, the chief of epidemiology at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Diseases. China. In total, there were five tips that he published on the Weibo social network (the equivalent of Twitter in the Asian country).
Likewise, he called to avoid contact with “people who have been abroad” in recent days, as well as with “strangers”. The list was shared throughout the weekend, on the social networks of Chinabut already on Sunday night and Monday the comments section of the original publication had been deactivated due to the negative repercussions it had.
Some called the Chinese official’s recommendations “discriminatory,” while others questioned why foreigners in Chinamany of whom are residents of the asian giant for a long time and who did not leave the country lately due to coronavirus restrictions, were considered more dangerous than the locals.
Monkeypox in China and the world
Last Friday, a case of monkeypox was reported in the southwestern city of Chongqing. China. This is an individual who arrived from abroad and represents the first case detected in the country since the outbreak began outside the nations where the disease is endemic.
Transmission within Chinese territory, however, is unlikely, as the patient was quarantined upon arrival in the country and all close contacts were isolated and under medical surveillance.
Since the outbreak began outside the African continent —which was classified as an international emergency by the WHO (World Health Organization)—, more than 58 thousand cases were detected (3,400 in the last week) in 90 countries.