Rise in monkeypox cases around the world
June 7, 2022 - Around 30 countries where monkeypox is not usually present have reported outbreaks of the rare viral disease, with more than 900 confirmed cases mostly in Europe.
To date, the UK has the biggest identified outbreak of the disease beyond Africa, with the vast majority of infections in gay and bisexual men, according to AP.
Health officials warn that anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, is potentially at risk of catching monkeypox if they are in close contact with a patient, their clothing or their bed sheets.
WHO estimated the risk posed by monkeypox to global health was “moderate,” saying this was the first time that so many cases and clusters were reported across the world. Until last month, the disease had not been known to cause large epidemics beyond central and west Africa, where it has mostly affected people in rural areas who come into close contact with infected wild animals, AP said.