Since May 13, 92 monkeypox cases have been reported from 12 “non-endemic” countries, according to the WHO, which warned that the number of cases is expected to rise. “The situation is changing, and WHO anticipates more cases of monkeypox to be found as surveillance in non-endemic countries expands.” “Immediate interventions focus on providing correct information to people who may be most at risk of monkeypox infection in order to prevent further spread,” the World Health Organization stated in its latest statement.
The following are the most recent global updates on monkeypox cases:
- The illness has been reported in the United States, Australia, Canada, and at least nine European nations. Its name comes from the fact that it was initially discovered in monkeys. So yet, no deaths have been reported.
- The United Kingdom, Portugal, and Spain are among the worst-affected European countries. Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Sweden are among the countries on the continent that have recorded instances.
- Sexual health clinics have reported a substantial number of instances. “According to currently available information, instances have been detected mostly, but not solely, among men who have sex with men (MSM) seeking care in primary care and sexual health clinics,” the WHO stated.
- There are 28 instances of the virus suspected. “The discovery of confirmed and probable monkeypox patients without direct travel linkages to an endemic location is an extremely uncommon occurrence.” Surveillance in non-endemic regions has been restricted to far, but is currently expanding, according to the World Health Organization.
- Until now, the virus has mostly been confined to Africa. The countries on the list of endemic countries include Benin, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana (only in animals), Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan.
- “Close contact with lesions, bodily fluids, respiratory droplets, and infected surfaces such as bedding” is how the virus spreads.
- Most experts feel that the majority of people heal on their own. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscular pains, enlarged lymph nodes, and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to other regions of the body.
- Toronto Public Health (TPH) in Canada is examining its first suspected case of a person in their 40s.
- Monkeypox does not often transmit easily between individuals.
- Despite the fact that the epidemic coincides with the worldwide campaign against Covid, specialists claim that the monkeypox virus does not spread as quickly as the coronavirus.