WHO Reports Monkeypox Cases Up 77% in 1 Week

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that monkeypox cases worldwide have gone up 77 percent in just one week.

“Since the previous Disease Outbreak News was published on 27 June 2022, 2614 new cases, (77% increase) and two new deaths have been reported; nine new countries/territories/areas have reported cases,” said the WHO in its report. 

According to the WHO report, the majority of cases are infections from individiduals who identify as gay, bisexual, or males who have intercourse with other males. 

In Europe, the region with the most infections, there are 4,920 confirmed cases.

There have been three deaths documented in Africa, where monkeypox is an endemic disease.

Meanwhile, in the United States and other countries where infections were recorded, there have not been any fatalities related to the virus.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed that he is “concerned by the scale and spread of the virus” and highlighted that more than 80 percent of the cases appeared in Europe.

Ghebreyesus confirmed that the WHO expert group on Monkeypox is monitoring the outbreak, and would meet again no later than July 18.

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