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The World Health Organization has said the “continuous transmission” of monkeypox around the world could lead to transmission of the virus to the most vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women, people with immune diseases and children.
The organization added on Wednesday that it is investigating reports of infected children, including two cases in Britain, and is also following up on reports from Spain and France. No cases of infection in children were characterized by severe symptoms.
Cases of the virus have been discovered during the current outbreak in more than 50 countries outside of Africa’s endemic countries. The organization also notes that the number of cases is increasing in those countries and called for the intensification of tests and investigations to detect it.
“I am concerned about the ongoing infection as it may indicate that the virus will establish itself and be transmitted to vulnerable groups, including children, people with immune diseases and pregnant women,” said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in an online briefing. Wednesday from Geneva.
Since the outbreak began in May, 3,400 cases of monkey pox have been detected and one death has been recorded, according to the World Health Organization. Countries where the disease commonly spreads has seen more than 1,500 cases and 66 deaths this year.
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