detected cases may just be ‘tip of the iceberg’, says WHO

“We don’t know if we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg,” said Sylvie Briand, director of the WHO’s global infectious risk preparedness department, during a presentation to the organization’s member states on the “unusual” spread of the virus, during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday that the nearly 200 cases of monkeypox detected in recent weeks, in countries where the virus does not usually circulate, could be “just the tip of the iceberg”. “. “We don’t know if we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg,” said Sylvie Briand, director of the WHO’s global infectious risk preparedness department, during a presentation to the organization’s member states on the “unusual” spread of the virus, during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

An “unusual” situation but no mutation of the virus

Experts are trying to determine what caused this “unusual situation”, and preliminary results do not show any variation or mutation of the monkeypox virus, said Sylvie Briand. “We have a window of opportunity to stop the transmission now,” she said. “If we put the right measures in place now, we can probably contain this quickly.”

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The UK reported a first case on May 7. Since then, some 200 cases have been detected in countries far removed from those where the virus is endemic. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), precisely 219 cases, but no deaths, had been reported on Wednesday.

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