UK leads monkeypox infections with 524; 36 countries exceed 2,000 cases: WHO

EFE.- Cases of monkeypox in areas where the disease is not endemic are already over 2,000 in 36 countries, shows today a new report on the outbreak was published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The countries with the most confirmed cases were the UK, with 524 infections, Spain with 313, Germany with 263, Portugal, with 241, Canada, with 159 and France, with 125, with Europe being the most affected region, with 26 countries. which have been confirmed positive for the disease.

In the Americas, in addition to the cases in Canada, 72 have been confirmed in the United States, five in Mexico and Brazil, three in Argentina and one in Venezuela.

In central and western Africa, where the disease is endemic, 64 infections have been confirmed so far this year, although there are more than 1,400 suspected cases.

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WHO maintains a “moderate” risk level in the face of an outbreak, as this is the first time the sources of transmission are in non-endemic countries and very far from each other.

The Geneva-based organization linked the current outbreak to sexual contact between men, although in principle it is not a sexually transmitted disease, but is transmitted through close physical contact.

WHO maintains its recommendation not to apply travel restrictions in light of this outbreak, although WHO advises those showing symptoms associated with the disease to avoid travel.

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