L’WHO continues to ask countries to pay particular attention to cases of monkeypox, to try to limit contaminationsaid Fadela Chaib at a press conference in Geneva.
A second meeting of the emergency committee of theWHOon the subject, after its first meeting on June 23, is not currently planned.
The health agency had estimated last week that the current outbreak of monkeypox cases, while very worrying, was not a
a public health emergency of international concernthe organization’s highest level of alert.
The number of cases has increased sharply in recent days: this latest assessment, dated June 30, represents an increase of 55.9% compared to the previous count, which listed 3,413 cases eight days earlier.
Europe remains by far the region hardest hit by the virus, with 85% of cases, while 53 countries are now affected.
An unusual upsurge in cases of monkeypox has been detected since May outside countries in West and Central Africa, where the virus usually circulates.
While the majority of reported cases concern men who have sex with men,
other vulnerable groups are also at risksaid the spokesperson.
There have been a few cases in children [et] in people with a compromised immune system.
Known in humans since 1970, monkeypox is considered much less dangerous and less contagious than its cousin, smallpox, eradicated in 1980.
Monkeypox, which manifests as flu-like symptoms and rashes, usually clears up on its own after two or three weeks.