WHO reports 780 cases of monkeypox in 27 countries

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The organization expects a greater spread of the virus, although they confirm the risk is moderate.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said that it has been confirmed 780 cases Monkeypox cases in 27 countries where virus is not endemicand ensure that the global risk level is moderate,

Those 780 cases reported from May 13 to last Thursday have probably been underestimated because of limited epidemiological and laboratory information.

“It is highly likely that other countries will identify more cases and there will be a greater spread of the virus,” assures this UN health agency.

According to WHO, countries where the virus is not endemic have reported the highest number of cases, United Kingdom (207), Spain (156), Portugal (138), Canada (58) y Germany (57). Apart from Europe and North America, some cases have been reported in Argentina, Australia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

A case of monkeypox in a non-endemic country is considered an outbreak. Monkeypox is a rare disease, less severe than smallpox, that causes widespread body symptoms including itching, fever, chills, and pain.

“Although the risk to human health and the general public remains low, the risk to public health may be greater if this virus manages to establish itself as a widespread human pathogen in non-endemic countries,” WHO says. Is.

“WHO assesses the global risk as moderate, considering This is the first time that monkeypox cases have been reported simultaneously in non-endemic countries. and local”.

In addition to Ghana, there are endemic countries according to the WHO, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gabon and Ivory Coast, where it has been recognized only in animals.

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