Over 80 cases of monkeypox confirmed in 12 countries: WHO

LONDON: The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that more than 80 cases of monkeypox had been confirmed in at least 12 countries. The WHO said it is investigating another 50 suspected cases, but did not name any nations, and cautioned that additional cases are likely to be reported.

Infections have been verified in nine European nations, as well as the United States, Canada, and Australia, according to the BBC, citing the WHO.  Monkeypox is particularly widespread in Central and West Africa's rural areas.  According to the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, it is an uncommon viral infection that is usually mild and lasts only a few weeks.

The monkeypox virus is difficult to spread between humans, and the risk to the general public is considered low.  Because the two viruses are so similar, a smallpox vaccine provides 85 percent protection against monkeypox, as per reports.

So far, public health agencies in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and Sweden have confirmed cases. The new outbreaks, according to the WHO, "are uncommon, as they are occurring in non-endemic countries." "Working with affected countries and others to expand disease surveillance to discover and support people who may be afflicted," it said.

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