Monkeypox Global Roundup

Monkeypox cases worldwide have surpassed 14,000 as the virus continued to spread to 70 countries.

As of July 19, the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 14,511 confirmed monkeypox cases since January 1, 2022.

Spain recorded the most monkeypox cases worldwide, with 3,125 confirmed infections. A study published last week in Eurosurveillance noted that some young men in Spain who tested positive for monkeypox reported having sex with other men.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the virus has been spreading in more than 27 countries in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). Aside from Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany reached more than 2,000 cases. The UK had 2,137 monkeypox cases, while Germany had 2,033.

Other EU and EEA countries with confirmed monkeypox cases include France (912), the Netherlands (656), Portugal (515), Brazil (384), Italy (374), Belgium (311), Switzerland (213), Austria (88), Sweden (71), Ireland (69), Norway (44), Denmark (43), Poland (40), Hungary (32), Slovenia (26), Romania (19), Greece (18), Malta (17), Czechia (14), Finland (13), Luxembourg (10), Iceland (7), Croatia (6), Bulgaria (3), Latvia (2), and Slovakia (2).

Monkeypox cases in the US have reached 2,137, with most infections found in New York (581).

Singapore has the most monkeypox case in Asia, with six confirmed infections. South Korea and Taiwan reported their first monkeypox cases in June, while India had its first case last week.

The US CDC noted that some countries that had not historically reported monkeypox found sporadic cases related to travel or imported animals before 2022.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the monkeypox virus as a zoonotic infection that could spread from animals to humans. The most common symptoms of monkeypox infection are fever, headache, muscle pain, and rash.

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