“undetected transmission” in several countries according to

According to a count established by the World Health Organization on May 26, 257 confirmed cases of monkeypox were recorded worldwide on that date. The WHO notes that “the occurrence of the disease in a number of non-endemic states, suggests the possible existence of undetected transmission for some time”.

A publication dated May 30, 2022 on the United Nations online site (UN news) reveals that “The sudden appearance of monkeypox all of a sudden in several countries where the disease is not usually present suggests long-undetected transmission and recent amplification events”.

The vast majority of cases reported to date from four WHO regions do not have established travel links to an endemic area. These are patients who have presented to primary care or sexual health services (…).

“The early epidemiology of the first cases reported to WHO by countries, shows that these cases were mainly reported among men who have sex with men (MSM)”specifies the WHO, emphasizing that“a single case of monkeypox in a non-endemic country is considered an outbreak”.


The vaccine against smallpox is again administered in France in the face of the emergence of cases of monkeypox.



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Monkeypox is a rare viral disease, mainly transmitted to humans by wild animals (rodents, primates). “It spreads through close contact and can therefore be relatively easily contained by measures such as self-isolation and hygiene.”

Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and fatigue. The mortality rate is generally between 1% and 10%, with the majority of deaths occurring in younger age groups according to the World Health Organization.

Among the immediate actions, the urgency is to provide accurate information to those most at risk of contracting monkeypox. It is also about stopping the spread of the disease among groups at risk and protecting health workers who are on the front line (…).

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Effects of smallpox (photo illustration).



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This infectious disease “generally mild is endemic in parts of West and Central Africa”. Monkeypox virus, having recently spread to several Western European countries, has also been detected on other continents.

Cases of infection have been reported in Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, Portugal, the United States, Switzerland, Sweden and France, among others.

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