Israel and Switzerland are the latest countries to confirm monkeypox cases, bringing the total number of countries reporting outbreaks to 14.
Both countries said they had identified an infected person who had recently traveled, but Israel said it was investigating other suspected cases.
More than 80 cases have been confirmed in recent outbreaks in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.
Monkeypox is most prevalent in remote areas of Central and West Africa.
The outbreak caught scientists by surprise, but monkeypox does not spread easily from person to person and the risk to the public is low.
The disease is usually mild and most people recover within a few weeks, according to reports. UK National Health Service.
The World Health Organization said it was investigating another 50 suspected cases — without specifying the countries involved — and warned that further infections could be confirmed.
US President Joe Biden, who was asked about the outbreak at the end of his visit to South Korea, said if the virus spreads more widely, it would be “continuous,” adding that “this is something the world should be concerned about.”
He said the U.S. is “working hard” on the response and what vaccines are available.
After the outbreak was first detected in the UK, the virus began to be detected across Europe – with confirmed cases in public health agencies in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden.
The UK Health Security Agency has so far identified 20 cases, with its chief medical adviser Dr Susan Hopkins telling the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme: “We are finding more cases every day”.
She said the virus was now circulating in the community – the cases identified had not been in contact with anyone who had travelled to West Africa, where the disease was endemic.
But Dr Hopkins said the risk to the general population remained “extremely low”, with cases so far mostly occurring in some urban areas and among gay or bisexual men.
While there is no dedicated monkeypox vaccine, several countries say they are stockpiling a smallpox vaccine, which is about 85 percent effective at preventing infection because the two viruses are so similar.
in a Friday press releaseThe WHO said the recent outbreaks were unusual because they occurred in countries where the disease was not endemic.
It’s unclear why this unexpected outburst is happening now.
One possibility is that the virus has changed in some way, although there is currently little evidence that it is a new variant.
Another explanation is that the virus found itself in the right place at the right time to thrive.
Monkeypox also spreads more easily than in the past when the smallpox vaccine was widely used.
Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, warned that “transmission could accelerate in summer” as people gather at festivals and parties.
In addition to the European cases, Australia has also confirmed a man who travelled to the UK has contracted the virus.
In North America, Massachusetts State Health Authority A man who recently traveled to Canada has tested positive for the virus.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said it has determined Two cases in QuebecBut it said it was unclear whether the American traveler was infected before or during his visit to Montreal.
- World Health Organization (WHO)
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