Monkeypox cases triple worldwide, with Europe epicenter of outbreak – World News

The WHO says at least 780 cases of monkeypox were detected between May 3 and June 2 and currently rates the global risk level as ‘moderate’.

Great Britain has the highest number of new cases in the world outside of an endemic area
Great Britain has the highest number of new cases in the world outside of an endemic area

Cases of the monkeypox virus have tripled worldwide – but the World Health Organization (WHO) is confident the spread does not deserve the label ‘endemic’.

The WHO has said at least 780 cases of monkeypox were detected between May 13 and June 2 and currently rates the global risk level as “moderate”.

Globally, Great Britain has the highest number of new cases outside of an endemic area with 207, followed by Spain with 156 and Portugal with 138.

Overall, most new cases are in Europe and North America, with a handful in Mexico, Argentina, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

Health experts said the risk to the general public “remains low”, but there is a chance that risk could increase as the virus continues to spread in new countries.







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The WHO warned that Europe remains “at the epicenter of the largest and most geographically widespread monkeypox outbreak ever reported outside of endemic areas in west and central Africa”.

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The organization said the rapid transmission had been aided by the lifting of travel restrictions and warned that large in-person events over the summer could threaten to support the spread of the virus.

“Rapid, amplified transmission has occurred in conjunction with the recent lifting of pandemic restrictions on international travel and events,” the WHO said.

“The potential for further transmission in Europe and elsewhere in the summer is high. Monkeypox has already spread in the region against the background of several mass gatherings.

“In the coming months, many of the dozens of festivals and big parties planned will provide further contexts for reinforcement to take place.

“But they also offer great opportunities to connect with young, sexually active and globally mobile individuals to raise awareness and strengthen individual and community protection.”

People who interact closely with an infectious person are at a higher risk of infection, and this includes household members, sexual partners, and medical workers.

There is speculation from health officials that the virus has been around longer than originally thought.

dr Rosamund Lewis, the WHO’s chief technical officer for monkeypox, said: “There may have been undetected transmission for a period of time.

“What we don’t know is how long that may have lasted. We don’t know if it’s weeks, months or possibly a few years.”

The virus is spread through close contact, including contact with the rash of a person infected with the virus.

It begins with symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue before developing into a rash, which often appears on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body.

The distinguishing feature of monkeypox from smallpox is the swelling of the lymph nodes.

The illness usually lasts two weeks to a month.

The incubation period of the virus is between five and 21 days, during which symptoms can appear.

The virus rarely kills healthy adults, according to the WHO.

However, it can be dangerous for children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

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