WHO confirms 200 Monkeypox cases, warns outbreak In 20 countries
The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed about 200 monkeypox cases and suspects the outbreak of the disease in 20 countries across the world, Maria Van Kerkhove, an official of the WHO said on Thursday.
Most of the cases found in the non-endemic areas are among gay or bisexual men, but monkeypox is not necessarily exclusive to that group, the official added. Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that is usually spread through wild animals and is endemic in some African countries.
The disease can be transmitted by body fluids, respiratory droplets, and other contaminated substances. The disease typically causes fever, skin rashes, and swollen lymph nodes.
Cases have been reported from countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and many European states, with Spain and Portugal having the highest number of cases.