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WHO Reports 257 Confirmed Cases of Monkeypox Around the World

In a Sunday update, the World Health Organization said it has received reports of 257 confirmed monkeypox cases and approximately 120 suspected cases in 23 countries where the virus is not endemic as of Thursday.
As of Friday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has documented 12 cases in eight states in the United States.

The WHO said it has received reports of 1,365 cases and 69 fatalities related to monkeypox in five African nations where the virus is endemic. These diseases were recorded between the middle of December and the end of May.

In nonendemic nations, no deaths have been documented.

“Since 2017, the rare deaths in West Africa due to monkeypox have been linked to young age or an untreated infection.”

“Considering this is the first occasion that monkeypox cases and clusters are reported concurrently in widely diverse WHO geographical regions, and without known epidemiological ties to non-endemic countries in West or Central Africa,” the WHO stated the global public health risk level is moderate.

“The public health risk might become significant if this virus takes advantage of the chance to establish itself as a human pathogen and spreads to individuals at higher risk of severe illness, such as young children and immunocompromised people,” the WHO warned in its report.

Health care professionals are being urged to keep an eye out for symptoms such as rash, fever, enlarged lymph nodes, headache, back pain, muscular pains, and exhaustion, and to provide testing to anybody who exhibits these signs and symptoms.

Given that the majority of the outbreak’s early cases have been documented among males who have sex with men, the WHO advised that “all efforts should be taken” to prevent stigmatizing affected persons and communities.

According to the WHO, monkeypox is an exceedingly uncommon viral illness that is comparable to smallpox but is clinically less severe. The infection develops into a rash and sores that blister and scab over. This can occur anywhere on the body. The ailment lasts two to four weeks on average.

Although monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted illness, it can be spread by close contact during sex when a rash is present.

To discover more, scientists are decoding the genetic code of viral samples from patients affected by this epidemic.


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