Over 50,000 cases of monkeypox worldwide

More of 50,000 cases of monkeypox worldwide

Electron micrograph showing a particle of the monkeypox virus.

More than 50,000 cases of monkeypox have been recorded since May, mostly affecting North America and Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. /p>

According to the organization's dashboard that lists all confirmed cases, there were 50,496 cases and 16 deaths as of August 31. In both the United States and Europe, the number of infections appears to be slowing.

These signs confirm what we have said time and time again from the start: with the right measures, this outbreak can be stopped, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a conference on Wednesday. release.

He noted that several countries in the continental United States were still seeing the number of cases increase, but he was pleased to see a continued downward trend in Canada . US health authorities also reported a slight slowdown on Wednesday.

In Europe, Dr Tedros highlighted the good results achieved in Germany and the Netherlands.

Outside Africa, where the disease is endemic in a number countries, the disease mainly affects men who have sex with men.

To eliminate the circulation of the virus, the WHO recommends maintaining measures for surveillance, targeted vaccination and identification of contact cases and engagement with men who have sex with men. It is also recommended to limit the number of sexual partners.

Monkey pox is not, in the current state of knowledge, considered a sexually transmitted disease. transmissible and anyone can contract it.

Direct skin-to-skin contact, but also infected sheets or clothing are vectors of transmission of the disease.

< p class="e-p">The WHO also strongly emphasizes the need to avoid any stigmatization of a specific community, which could lead its members to hide the disease, not to seek treatment and continue to spread it.

The WHO had triggered its highest level of alert on July 24 in an attempt to prevent the epidemic from doesn't get any bigger and takes hold forever.

We don't have to live with monkeypox if the x27; we take the right measures, a a Confirmed Dr. Tedros.

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