2022 – Reports of monkeypox in non-endemic countries suggest undetected transmission for some time, says WHO by Reuters.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Test tubes labeled “monkeypox virus positive” are shown in this illustration taken on May 22, 2022. Photo: Dado Rovich/Reuters

(Reuters) – The sudden appearance of monkeypox at once in several countries where the disease usually does not occur indicates undetected transmission for some time and recent worsening events, the World Health Organization said on Sunday.

As of May 26, a total of 257 confirmed cases and 120 suspected non-endemic cases of the virus have been reported from 23 member countries, the World Health Organization said in a statement.

The agency added that it expects to report more cases as surveillance expands in endemic and non-endemic countries.

Monkeypox is a contagious disease that is usually mild and endemic in parts of West and Central Africa. It spreads through close contact and is therefore relatively easy to contain through measures such as self-isolation and hygiene. See explanation:

Most of the cases reported to date have been detected in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.

“The vast majority of cases reported to date have no established travel links to an endemic area and were provided by primary care or sexual health services,” the UN agency said.

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