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Health Care 18 Jul, 2022 Follow News



There have been over 6,000 laboratory confirmed monkeypox cases reported to WHO since the beginning of 2022. This has included 59 countries over five WHO Regions and there has been а 77% increase in cases reported compared to two weeks ago. ln addition, three deaths have been reported. Of cases reported to date, 82% have occurred in the European Region. То date, ten countries have reported а halt in transmission with по new cases reported over the past 21 days which is the maximum incubation period for monkeypox.

Harmful use of alcohol

High alcohol consumption has many health implications, as well as wider social and economic consequences. Globally 3 million people die each year as а result of harmful alcohol use, and drinking is linked with 27% of traffic injuries and 18% of suicides worldwide {WHO report, 2018).

Alongside the risk of developing alcohol dependence, drinking alcohol is also associated with health issues such as liver cirrhosis, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Among pregnant women, alcohol consumption сап lead to fetal alcohol syndrome {FAS) and pre-term birth complications.

The STEPs survey conducted in Cayman lslands in 2012 indicated that 52% of the population reported current alcohol use {drank alcohol in the past 30 days), and daily drinking of alcohol was low at 3.8% of the population. However, а larger proportion of men than women {25% compared to 14%) reported heavy episodic
drinking/Ьinge drinking. 

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