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Infodemic and the fear of monkeypox: call for action

Infodemic and the fear of monkeypox: call for action
Infodemic and the fear of monkeypox: call for action

Monkeypox (MPX) was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), as of July 23rd, 2022. Fake news spread on social media has already surfaced and contributed to worsening of this concerning situation, making it difficult for the health care experts' voices to be heard. Therefore, we recommend some solutions to overcome this situation, including raising public awareness and preventing stigma through sharing engagement with civil society organizations, and better cooperation between policymakers, the medical community, and social media platforms regarding providing accurate official news about MPX. WHO-one health approach should be established and prioritized.

Fake news, Infodemic, Monkeypox, Social media, Stigma
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Farahat, Ramadan Abdelmoez
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Head, Michael G
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Tharwat, Samar
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Alabdallat, Yasmeen
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Essar, Mohammad Yasir
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Alabdallat, Yasmeen
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Essar, Mohammad Yasir
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Farahat, Ramadan Abdelmoez, Head, Michael G, Tharwat, Samar, Alabdallat, Yasmeen, Essar, Mohammad Yasir, Abdelazeem, Basel and Setti, Mounir Ould (2022) Infodemic and the fear of monkeypox: call for action. Tropical medicine and health, 50 (1), 63, [63]. (doi:10.1186/s41182-022-00459-8).

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Abstract

Monkeypox (MPX) was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), as of July 23rd, 2022. Fake news spread on social media has already surfaced and contributed to worsening of this concerning situation, making it difficult for the health care experts' voices to be heard. Therefore, we recommend some solutions to overcome this situation, including raising public awareness and preventing stigma through sharing engagement with civil society organizations, and better cooperation between policymakers, the medical community, and social media platforms regarding providing accurate official news about MPX. WHO-one health approach should be established and prioritized.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 August 2022
Published date: 5 September 2022
Additional Information: © 2022. The Author(s).
Keywords: Fake news, Infodemic, Monkeypox, Social media, Stigma

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Local EPrints ID: 470478
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/470478
ISSN: 1348-8945
PURE UUID: 99642d1e-443f-41fe-8fb4-c6c4fae5adc0
ORCID for Michael G Head: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1189-0531

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Date deposited: 11 Oct 2022 16:41
Last modified: 15 Oct 2022 01:46

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Author: Ramadan Abdelmoez Farahat
Author: Michael G Head ORCID iD
Author: Samar Tharwat
Author: Yasmeen Alabdallat
Author: Mohammad Yasir Essar
Author: Basel Abdelazeem
Author: Mounir Ould Setti

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