WHO worries about accelerating number of cases in Europe

While the number of positive monkey pox cases has increased in recent days, the WHO estimates that the trend is likely to continue this summer.

Monkeypox cases may rise in Europe, a World Health Organization (WHO) regional official said Friday, while at least eight European countries have identified patients, including 20 in the United Kingdom.

“As we enter the summer season (…) with gatherings, festivals and parties, I fear that transmission is accelerating,” said WHO director for Europe Hans Kluge.

Since the beginning of May, there have been cases of this virus endemic to West Africa in several western countries, especially the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada or even Portugal, France or Sweden. The rate of transmission is “atypical,” Hans Kluge said, noting that “all but one of the recent cases had not traveled to areas where monkeypox is endemic”.

An increase that must continue

Most cases have been established among men who have sex with men, Hans Kluge also indicated, the WHO had already indicated that it wants to shed light on the transmission of the virus within the gay community. The United Kingdom announced on Friday that it had registered 11 new cases of the virus, bringing the number of infected people in the country to 20. France, Belgium and Germany have also identified their first cases.

According to British Health Security Agency (UKHSA) medical officer Susan Hopkins, “this increase is expected to continue in the coming days”. She urged gays and gays to be alert to the slightest symptom.

The infection will heal itself

Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue. A rash can occur, often on the face, and spread to other parts of the body, including the genitals, before going through several stages, crusting over and falling off.

There is no cure for monkey pox, which is spread through contact with an infected person or their bodily fluids, including saliva. This viral infection heals itself. According to the UKHSA, the virus is “not easily transmitted” between people and the risk to people in the UK is “low”.

Sajid Javid, UK health minister on Friday, clarified on Friday that “most cases (in the UK) are mild”. And “I can confirm that we have made more doses of effective monkeypox vaccines available,” he added.

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