Cases of monkeypox, this mild but very rare disease in Europe, could increase in number on the Old Continent in the summer of 2022. In any case, this is what Hans Henri Kluge, the regional director, indicates. WHO Europe. He also explained that, according to data gathered by the WHO, the disease has been circulating in Europe since mid-April.
According to the WHO, between May 13 and 26, 2022, 106 cases of monkeypox were recorded in the United Kingdom, and 49 in Portugal. In France, health authorities have said they have registered 17 cases.
Large gatherings conducive to the spread of the disease
But, according to Hans Henri Kluge, these totals could therefore become more important in the coming weeks.
In particular, he warned against the spread of the virus during festivals and other large gatherings planned throughout the summer.
Health authorities remain reassuring
Nevertheless, the health authorities want to be generally reassuring. Human-to-human transmission of “monkeypox” another name for monkeypox, “possibly stopped in non-endemic countries”said a WHO official on March 23.
Furthermore, the European Center for Disease Control has indicated that the risk of a widespread spread of this disease in the population is ” very weak “.