America: 90% of recent cases of monkeypox

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Geneva (EFE).- 90% of monkeypox cases reported last week were recorded in the Americas, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

Overall, the reported cases amount to more than 70,000, among which 26 deaths have been recorded.

A first outbreak of this disease in non-endemic countries was detected last May in Europebut has since spread to other regions, including Latin America and the United States.

Men who have sex with men are considered the highest risk group, but generally anyone can get monkeypox.

This disease is transmitted by contact with wounds or fluids of an infected person, or with contaminated objects.

America, the current epicenter

In recent weeks, the decline in global cases has been continuous, although last week 21 countries reported an increase, particularly in America, a continent which accounts for 90% of cases in the last seven days, according to the WHO. .

“Once again we warn that a declining epidemic may be the most dangerous epidemic because it makes us think the crisis is over and we let our guard down,” Tedros said.

According to the head of the WHO, this organization is working with countries around the world to increase diagnostic capacity and monitor the evolution of the epidemic.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a file photo. EFE/Salvatores di Nolfi

He expressed concern about the cases that have been reported in Sudan, especially in a refugee camp near the Ethiopian border.

monkeypox It is considered by the WHO as an international public health emergency, in the same way as covid-19.

Web editor: Juan David Mosos

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