Monkeypox spreads in more countries, more infections detected in Europe: Report

Days after the news about the spreading of Monkeypox in the United Kingdom, many more countries report the presence of the rare infection and as per the latest report, the other countries like Portugal, and Spain in Europe have been mostly infected with the virus. Meanwhile, North America has detected dozens of cases of monkeypox. As per the report, Monkeypox is a virus that passes from infected animals such as rodents to humans, NDTV reported.

Canada was the latest country to report it was investigating more than a dozen suspected cases of monkeypox after Spain and Portugal detected more than 40 possible and verified cases. Sweden and Italy also reported their first case of monkeypox recently. 

As per the WHO report, On 13 May 2022, the organization was notified of two laboratory-confirmed cases and one probable case of monkeypox, from the same household, in the United Kingdom. On 15 May, four additional laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported amongst Sexual Health Services attendees presenting with a vesicular rash illness and in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

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A man in his 40s returned to Sydney a few days later with a minor illness that was clinically similar to monkeypox, the New South Wales State Health Department said. The statement said the man and the man who had been in contact with the family were isolated at home. Also, the number of cases in West Africa has increased in the last decade.

Moreover, the monkeypox which was first recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1970s before coinciding with Europe, and this virus can be caught from a bite by an infected animal, or by touching its blood, body fluids, or fur. It’s thought to be spread by rodents, such as rats, mice, and squirrels.