WHO confirms 780 cases of monkeypox in 27 countries

Health workers screen incoming passengers from abroad for symptoms of monkeypox at the terminal of Anna International Airport in Chennai.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has data on 780 confirmed cases of monkeypox. Information about them was received from 27 countries that are not endemic for this disease, according to the organization’s situation update published in Geneva this Sunday.

“From May 13, 2022 and until June 2, 2022, WHO has reported or identified 780 laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox in 27 states members in four WHO regions that are not endemic for monkeypox virus,” the update noted.

It is noteworthy that from May 26 to June 2, some 523 new cases of monkeypox were detected. As of June 2, no fatalities have been recorded from this disease.

Information about the infection is received “through sexual health services or other health services in primary or secondary health care establishments and have involved mainly, but not exclusively, men who have sex with men,” according to The OMS.

The highest number of infections has been detected in the United Kingdom (207), followed by Spain (156), Portugal (138), Canada (58), Germany (57), France (33), the Netherlands (31), Italy (20). ), the United States (19) and Belgium (12).

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that is endemic to remote regions near the tropical forests of central and western Africa.. According to the WHO, this virus is usually transmitted to humans by wild animals, such as rodents and primates, while its secondary spread between humans is limited.

According to the WHO, the case fatality ratio during monkeypox outbreaks typically ranges from 1% to 10%, with most deaths occurring in younger age groups. There is no specific treatment or vaccine, but earlier inoculation against smallpox also serves as highly effective prevention.

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