The number of monkeypox cases outside of nations where the virus normally circulates has risen to 219, according to the European Union’s disease agency. More cases are expected in the following days, according to the World Health Organization.
Here are 10 things we know about the Monkeypox outbreak:
# Monkeypox, a less severe illness than its relative smallpox, is endemic in 11 West and Central African nations.
# The virus was identified in 1958 in study monkeys. In 1970, the first human case of monkeypox was reported.
# The World Health Organization has warned that the 200 monkeypox cases discovered in recent weeks outside of endemic nations might be just the beginning. “We know that there will be more cases in the coming days,” Sylvie Briand, WHO’s epidemic and pandemic preparedness and prevention head, admitted in a briefing to governments on the virus’s “unusual” spread.
# According to health officials, the majority of the cases were discovered in gay males.
# In early May, the United Kingdom announced its first case of monkeypox. Since then, the virus has spread fast throughout the country, with 90 people infected.
# So far, Spain has reported 98 confirmed cases of monkeypox.
# Meanwhile, health authorities in Portugal reported 74 confirmed cases on Friday, noting that all of the infections were in men, mostly under the age of 40.
# Human monkeypox symptoms include fever, muscular aches, lesions, and chills.
# The virus has a three to six percent mortality rate. The majority of patients recover in three to four weeks.
# There is no particular therapy for monkeypox at the moment. Patients will likely need to stay in a specialised hospital to prevent the infection from spreading and to treat general symptoms.