The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the monkeypox virus, which has been spreading around the world in recent weeks, has been detected in 780 people so far.
In the monkeypox update report published on the organization’s website, data on the spread of the virus were shared from 13 May, when the first incident occurred in England, to 2 June.
In the midst of these dates, it was reported that 780 cases reported to WHO from 27 countries where monkeypox virus is not endemic were confirmed. No loss of life has been reported from these countries so far.
It was reported that 270 cases were detected in England, 156 cases in Spain, 138 cases in Portugal, 58 cases in Canada, 57 cases in Germany, 33 cases in France and 31 cases in the Netherlands.
It was announced that there were 20 or less cases in other countries where the virus was seen.
“MIDDLE RISK” ASSESSMENT
In the report, it was stated that the majority of the incidents were composed of men engaging in homosexual relationships, and it was stated that only the West African variant of variant the monkeypox virus has been seen so far in the analyzed incidents.
It was reported that a large number of incidents have traveled to Europe and North America recently, and that the number of travelers to West or Central African countries where the virus is endemic is less.
The possibility that such a rapid spread of the virus in non-endemic countries may be the result of a previously undetected spread was emphasized.
WHO has determined the global risk size of the virus as “moderate” due to the first occurrence of monkeypox in many countries.
The monkeypox virus, which was discovered in Africa and came out of the continent at reasonable intervals, was last seen in England on May 13 and spread to European countries in the following days.