WHO confirms more than 80 cases of monkeypox in more than a dozen countries

Monkeypox symptoms are shown on a patient’s hand on May 27, 2003.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed more than 80 cases of monkeypox and announced the beginning of a work protocol with the affected countries, more than a dozen according to estimates by the UN agency, in order to improve “their understanding of the scope and causes of the disease.”

The agency is also aware of fifty additional cases pending confirmation of this virus, which it describes as “endemic in the animal populations of several countries.” However, he admits that the outbreaks found in eleven countries – twelve counting Switzerland, which this Saturday has confirmed its first case after the publication of this statement – make up an “atypical” circumstance for occurring in “non-endemic” places.

Monkeypox spreads differently than coronavirus, sow under close contact.”


“People who have had close interaction with someone affected are at higher risk of contagion. This population includes health workers, family members or sexual partners.

Monkeypox occurs in Central and West Africa, often near tropical forests, and is considered endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it was first discovered in humans in 1970.

Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue. Skin rashes can also appear on the face and other parts of the body. The mortality rate of monkeypox outbreaks typically ranges from 1% to 10%, according to the WHO, with most deaths occurring in younger age groups.

Faced with information that points to a special incidence of contagion among the homosexual population, the agency considers it “unacceptable” that groups of people end up “stigmatized” and describes this behavior as a “barrier to stop the outbreak of any disease.”

“The risk of becoming infected with monkeypox is not limited to sexually active people or men who have sex with men. Anyone who has close physical contact with someone who is infected is at risk.

Discrimination “can prevent affected people from seeking care and lead to undetected spread,” the organization concludes.

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