Monkeypox cases are increasing rapidly and are already more than 200 in the world

The number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in the world rose to 219 this Wednesday, May 25, if the countries where the disease is endemic are excluded, according to the survey of a health agency of the European Union (EU).

At least one case has been reported in 19 countries where the disease is not commonmost of them European, according to a report issued by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in an epidemiological note released this Wednesday.

“The majority of cases are young men, identifying themselves as men having sex with men. There are no deaths,” the Stockholm-based European agency said, according to AFP.

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The ECDC confirmed that beyond the 11 African countries where the disease is endemic, three countries currently concentrate the majority of confirmed cases:

  • United Kingdom (71), being the first country where unusual cases were detected in early May,
  • spain (51),
  • Portugal (37).

Europe concentrates most cases with 191, of which 118 are located in EU countries

Suspected but unconfirmed cases were not included in the balance.

The total number of cases recorded by the ECDC has almost quintupled since its first report on May 20in which the agency registered only 38 cases.

An atypical situation according to the WHO

In the first risk assessment that took place this Monday, the ECDC considered that the probability of contagion in the general population was “very weak”, but on the other hand it was clarified that the risk of contagion was higher in people with several sexual partners.

The World Health Organization (WHO) described the situation as “atypical”although he judged it possible to stop the transmission of the disease between humans.

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Monkeypox: how monkeypox spreads

The disease is less dangerous than smallpox eradicated about 40 years ago. It is also endemic in 11 countries of West and Central Africa.

It usually presents symptoms that begin with high fevers until they evolve rapidly in skin rash with crusting.

Infection in early cases is due to direct contact with blood, body fluids, skin lesions, or mucous membranes of infected animals. The symptoms according to the WHO extend between 14 and 21 days.


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