Global rise in Monkeypox cases; Belgium becomes the first country to mandate a 21-day quarantine

As the spreading cases of Monkeypox have become a great concern across the parts of the world, WHO now came up saying to take utmost care to avoid getting affected with the virus. Covid-19, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and now Monkeypox disease have made WHO take strong decisions as it is facing formidable challenges and now there recorded a global rise in cases of the virus, BBC reported.

The Countries United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Israel, and European countries Spain, Portugal, Sweden, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland have reported the presence of monkeypox cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 108 people in 16 countries have contracted the virus so far. 

The country Israel has recently reported a case of Monkeypox and the virus fever was confirmed in a man who had returned from abroad. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it expects more cases to be identified as surveillance expands to countries where monkeypox is not commonly seen, and the World Health Organization has said it will provide more guidelines to countries in the coming days how to reduce the spread of monkeypox.

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Meanwhile, Belgium has become the first country to make a mandatory 21-day quarantine over the rise of this rare infection. According to Saudi Gazette citing Belgian daily Le Soir, the Belgian Institute of Tropical Medicine has said that the risk of a larger outbreak in the country is low.  Moreover, the outbreak has taken scientists by surprise, and UK health officials have issued new advice, saying high-risk contacts of cases should self-isolate for three weeks. 

“There is a global rise in cases of monkeypox and the situation has to be extremely considered,” said WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. As we speak, our colleagues around the world are dealing with Ebola, monkeypox and hepatitis in the Democratic Republic of Congo for unknown reasons, and the crisis in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic, and Ukraine and Yemen. We face a formidable convergence of disease, drought, famine and war, fuelled by climate change, inequity and geopolitical rivalry,” the WHO head added.