The WHO said that 5,322 laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox outbreak had been reported, 85 percent of which are in Europe.
GENEVA: The World Health Organization reported on Tuesday that 5,322 cases of monkeypox outbreak with laboratory confirmation had been reported, with Europe accounting for 85% of cases.
Despite the fact that the number of cases is rapidly rising, the UN health organisation has not yet scheduled a second meeting of its emergency committee on monkeypox.
We have 5,322 laboratory-confirmed cases and one death from January 1 to June 30 of this year, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told reporters in Geneva.
In eight days, the number has increased by 56%. 3,413 cases were the previous number provided by the WHO for the time period ending on June 22.
Since early May, there has been an increase in cases of monkeypox outside of the West and Central African nations where the disease has long been endemic.
According to Chaib, 53 nations have now reported cases of infections.
“Europe reports for 85% of cases, followed by Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Pacific,” she said.
“The WHO continues to urge countries to pay close attention to monkeypox cases in order to prevent further infections.”
According to the WHO, the majority of monkeypox infections have been observed in men who have sex with men, who are young and live primarily in cities.
A high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a blistery chickenpox-like rash are typical initial symptoms of monkeypox.
On June 23, the UN health agency convened an emergency committee of experts to determine whether monkeypox is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), the highest level of alert that the WHO can issue.
However, a majority of voters believed the situation had not yet reached that tipping point.
Depending on the changing circumstances, the committee can reconvene at any time.
Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a former director of the WHO’s Vaccines and Immunisation Department, chairs the WHO’s 16-member emergency committee on monkeypox.