Monkeypox has become a public health emergency in the US. According to experts, the declaration could mean a turning point in efforts to contain the pathogen.
“The window contains monkeypox it closes quickly, but I think it’s possible to contain the outbreak,” said Lawrence Gostin, director of Georgetown University’s institute of national and global health law.
In the US, the declaration would allow more federal funds for health agencies and can speed up development of therapy and diagnostics for monkeypox.
The country with the most monkeypox cases
The move was taken at a time when the United States was clear leader in the number of confirmed cases of people infected with the virus.
They have registered 5 thousand 825 cases monkeypox in the US between January and August this year. That number is equivalent more than one fifth (25 thousand 54) of confirmed infections worldwide in that time period, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Behind the US come four countries from another region most affected by the outbreak: Europe. Spanish It has reported 4,577 cases and is the only country on the continent with a confirmed death from the disease. According to the Ministry of Health, his death was those of two young men.
great Britainwith 2 thousand 759 cases; Germanwith 2 thousand 724, and France with 2,054, they complete the list of the five most affected countries. Catherine Smallwood, senior emergency officer at WHO Europe, said: about 8 percent monkeypox cases in Europe require hospitalization.
How does Mexico compare to other countries?
Brazil is the sixth country with the most cases of monkeypox, with 1,474, and is the only country in the Americas to have reported deaths from this cause. The Ministry of Health reported that the victim was “a man” who had “low immunity” and lived in the city of Uberlandia, in the state of Minas Gerais.
This is a list of countries with confirmed monkeypox cases:
- Netherlands: 927
- Canada: 803
- Portugal: 633
- Italy: 505
- Belgium: 482
- Peru: 313
- Switzerland: 298
- Democratic Republic of the Congo: 163
- Israel: 146
- Austria: 135
- Nigerian: 133
- Denmark: 105
- Sweden: 102
- Ireland: 97
- Mexico: 91 (21st place worldwide)
According to the Ministry of Health, there were 236 cases that met the operational definition of probable cases of monkeypox. However, Confirmation has not been reached.
According to information from the agency and the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE), 92 percent of people affected are men and eight percent women. Half of the infected people are between the ages of 30 and 39.
With information from AP, Bloomberg and EFE
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