The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday that the sudden onset of monkeypox in several countries where the disease is not commonly found indicates an undiagnosed infection and recent outbreaks.
As of May 26, a total of 257 confirmed cases and 120 suspected cases had been reported from 23 member states that were not localized to the virus, the WHO said in a statement.
The agency added that it expects to report more cases as surveillance expands to local and non-endemic countries.
Monkeypox is an infectious disease that is usually mild and endemic in some parts of West and Central Africa. It is spread through close contact, so it can be captured relatively easily through systems such as self-isolation and hygiene. See commentator:
Most of the cases reported so far have been identified in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.
The UN agency said “most of the cases reported so far have no established link to travel to a local area and have been presented through primary care or sexual health services.”
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