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.
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.