WHO: registered monkeypox infections are ‘tip of the iceberg’

“We don’t know if we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg,” Sylvie Briand, director of the WHO’s Department of International Preparedness for Infectious Risks, said in a presentation at the World Health Assembly in Geneva about the “unusual” spread of the virus. virus.

And she added: “Experts are trying to determine the cause of this unusual situation, and preliminary results show that there is no mutation or mutation in the monkeypox virus,” the agency said, “AFP.”

“We now have a chance to stop the outbreak,” she said. “If we take appropriate measures now, we can probably contain these quickly.”

And the World Health Organization official added: “We are currently at the beginning of this event. We know that more cases will appear in the coming days, but this is not a disease that the general public should be concerned about, it’s not Covid or other diseases that spread quickly.”

The number of confirmed cases of monkeypox around the world reached 219 on Wednesday outside countries where the disease is endemic, according to a report from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The Stockholm-based European agency said that “most cases occur in young men who self-identify as having sex with men. There have been no deaths.”

Most infections are concentrated in Europe, where 191 cases have been recorded, including 118 in the European Union.

Most infections were recorded in 3 European countries, namely the United Kingdom, where the first unusual cases were detected in early May (71 cases), Spain (51) and Portugal (37), according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the chances of transmitting monkeypox infection in the general population are “extremely low,” but on the other hand, “high” in those who have multiple sexual partners.

Endemic to 11 countries in West and Central Africa, this disease comes from the smallpox family, which was eradicated about 40 years ago, but it’s less dangerous than that.

It initially causes a high temperature and quickly develops into a blistered rash.

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