Europe adds almost 16 thousand cases of monkeypox;  there are 25 thousand in the world

Europe is the region with the most cases of monkeypoxadding almost 16 thousand of the more than 25 thousand diagnoses in the world reported by the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the WHO, there 25 thousand 54 laboratory-confirmed diagnoses and 122 probable cases, including 11 deaths, in 85 countries. Of these, 14 states have reported no new cases in the past 21 days.

The number reported weekly increased 18%, to the cut this Wednesday, compared to the previous week. Most of the cases reported in the last 4 weeks were reported from Europe (59.2%) and America (39.2%).

The 10 most affected countries worldwide are: United States, with 5 thousand 825, followed by Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Brazil, the Netherlands, Canada, Portugal and Italy. Together, these countries account for 88.9% of the total.

In the last week, 7 countries reported their first case: Philippines, Montenegro, Uruguay, Liberia, Sudan, Bolivia and Cyprus.

For its part, Europe reported, at the August 2 cutoff, a total of 15 thousand 926 cases. Only 5.6%, that is, 399 cases, were hospitalizedof which 150 cases required clinical attention, detailed the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Nevertheless, two people were admitted to intensive care units for reasons related to infection. Both of them passed away.

The countries that top the list are Spainwith more than 4 thousand positive diagnoses, followed by UK, Germany and France.

The Most of those infected are between 31 and 40 years old (41%) and 99% are men. The ECDC detailed that 41 cases were health workers, however, it clarified that there is still no occupational exposure.

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Among the cases with known serological status, the 36% were seropositive, that is, they were carriers of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Most of the patients presented skin rash (94.8%) and typical symptoms of the disease such as fever, fatigue, muscle pain, chills, or headache (65%).

According to the WHO, the 98.8% of those infected are menMeanwhile he 91.5% acquired the disease from sexual transmission. The organization stressed that the current outbreak of monkeypox continues to affect mainly men who have sex with men.

The UN body has warned on several occasions about the stigmatization of homosexual people, since, although most cases have been recorded in men who have sex with men, anyone is at risk of contracting the virus.

Monkeypox is a low-transmission disease that can be transferred through contact with body fluids and contaminated objects.

Symptoms include sudden fever of up to 38 degrees Celsius or higher; headache, exhaustion, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, profound weakness, rash, and blistering skin lesions.

The current recommendation for people with the virus is to isolate themselves and not travel until they recover; contact cases should monitor their temperature and monitor for other possible symptoms for 9 to 21 days.

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