The World Health Organization reports that 80 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in 11 countries.
Another 50 suspected cases are being investigated, according to the WHO, without mentioning any nations. Infections have already been verified in Italy, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, where the first European case had been recorded. Monkeypox is particularly widespread in Central and West Africa’s rural areas.
According to the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, it is an uncommon viral infection that is usually mild and lasts only a few weeks. The virus is difficult to spread between humans, and the risk to the general public is considered low. There is no specific vaccine for monkeypox, but because the two viruses are so similar, a smallpox vaccination provides 85 percent protection.
“The current outbreaks reported in 11 countries so far are uncommon, as they are occurring in non-endemic countries,” the WHO said in a statement on Friday. “Working with affected countries and others to expand disease surveillance to discover and support people who may be afflicted,” it stated. The WHO also cautioned against stigmatizing individuals or groups as a result of the sickness.
“It can be a barrier to resolving an outbreak since it may deter people from seeking medical help, resulting in undetected spread,” the report added.
“As we enter the summer season… with mass gatherings, festivals, and parties, I am concerned that transmission could accelerate,” WHO Europe regional director Hans Kluge warned.
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