In five African countries where monkeypox is common, the World Health Organization said it had received reports of 1,365 cases of infection and 69 deaths from the virus. These diseases have been reported in different periods ranging from mid-December to late May.
No deaths were reported in non-endemic countries.
The level of global public health risk is moderate, the agency said, “considering that this is the first time that monkeypox cases and groups have been simultaneously reported in widely disparate geographic areas to WHO, and without known epidemiological links to non-endemic countries in the world.” West or Central Africa.”
The WHO also said in its update: “Public health risks could become high if this virus takes the opportunity to establish itself as a human pathogen and spreads to the most vulnerable groups such as young children and people with weakened immunity.”
The agency urges health care providers to monitor closely for potential symptoms such as rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes, headache, backache, muscle aches and fatigue, and offer tests to anyone with these symptoms.
Monkeypox is an extremely rare viral disease that is similar to smallpox, but is considered clinically less serious, according to the World Health Organization. The disease eventually develops into a rash and lesions that spread and crust over. This can happen all over the body. The illness usually lasts two to four weeks.
Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease, but it can be spread through intimate contact during sex when someone has an active rash.
Scientists are working to sequence the genetic code of viral samples from patients in this outbreak to learn more about their origins, but “preliminary data confirm that the genome belongs to the West African monkeypox virus subfamily,” according to the World Health Organization.