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Monkeypox Virus Cases Triple

The monkeypox virus continues to spread rapidly globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that monkeypox was detected in 27 countries where it is not endemic, and the number of cases reached 780. Thus, the total number of cases has tripled compared to the previous week. Experts showed that some cases also occurred among non-contact people, and this was the unknown transmission chains of monkeypox virus. So why is the monkeypox virus spreading so fast? “In which countries was monkeypox seen?”, “How is monkeypox spread?”, “Is there a vaccine for monkeypox?” You can find answers to these questions and more in this article.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that there are 780 confirmed cases of monkeypox in countries where the virus is generally not found. The figure in question is about 3 times the 257 cases reported by WHO a week ago.

However, the World Health Organization stated that the figure was probably underestimated and rated the global risk level as “moderate“.

The World Health Organization said cases have already been detected in 27 countries outside “endemic” (West and Central Africa) is located. It is followed by Spain with 156 and Portugal with 138.

On the other hand, the World Health Organization reported in its latest update that some countries reported the emergence of new cases beyond known contacts of previously confirmed cases, and that chains of transmission were “smuggled through the undetected circulation of the virus.”

“Other countries are likely to detect cases and further spread of the virus,” the World Health Organization said.

While the current risk to human health for the general public remains “low”, the public health risk could “become high” if the virus spreads in countries where it is not normally found.

In addition, the World Health Organization said that most, if not all, of the cases reported so far involved men who had sex with men. Although there is currently no evidence that monkeypox is sexually transmitted, close contact plays an important role in the spread of the disease.

Ece Nagihan

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