Monkeypox: 80 cases reported in 12 countries

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Over 80 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in 12 countries. The World Health Organization has reported that an additional 50 suspected cases are under investigation – without naming any countries – and cautioned that more cases are likely to be reported.

Nine countries in Europe, as well as the United States, Canada, and Australia, have confirmed the presence of infections.

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Monkeypox is most prevalent in remote areas of Central and West Africa. It is a rare viral infection that is generally benign and most people recover within a few weeks, according to the National Health Service of the United Kingdom.

There is no specific vaccine against monkeypox, but a smallpox jab offers 85% protection as both viruses are quite similar.

To date, European public health authorities have confirmed cases in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and Sweden.

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