World Health Organization reports more than 3,100 cases of mpox worldwide

June 25, 2024  15:09

More than 3,100 cases of mpox—the new name for monkeypox—have been detected in the world since the beginning of 2024, and the total number of infected people has exceeded 97,000 since the beginning of 2022. Information about the sick has been received from 117 countries, informed the World Health Organization (WHO).

Today mpox is a threat to health, and more than 3,100 cases have been reported worldwide since the beginning of the year, Rosamund Lewis, WHO technical lead for the infectious disease, told a UN press briefing in Geneva. In May, WHO received information about more than 600 confirmed cases from 26 countries, she informed.

According to Lewis, the number of people infected with mpox is increasing, particularly in Africa. Since April, 13 confirmed cases of this disease have been recorded in South Africa. A major outbreak continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 9,291 people have been infected and 419 have died since the beginning of the year. The Republic of Congo has also recently informed about the outbreak of mpox, and new cases of this disease have been recorded in Cameroon as well.

According to WHO data, from January 1, 2022 to April 2024, a total of 97,208 cases of mpox, including 186 deaths were recorded in 117 countries. As of this April 30, the most number of mpox cases since the beginning of 2022 have been recorded in the US (32,820). The respective top ten also includes Brazil (11,212), Spain (7,992), Colombia (4,226), France (4,218), Mexico (4,097), UK (3,928), Germany (3,841), Peru (3,812), and China (2 357). These countries account for 80.8 percent of these mpox cases.

A global health emergency related to mpox was in effect from July 2022 to May 11, 2023. But it was lifted due the decrease in cases.

mpox is a rare viral disease that occurs mainly in the remote and central and western regions of Africa, which are located near subtropical forests.

The first case of transmission of this disease from an animal to a human was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the WHO, this virus is transmitted to humans from wild animals, such as rodents and primates, but its re-spreading by human-to-human transmission is limited.

Typically, the mortality rate for mpox outbreaks is 1 to 10 percent. Most deaths from this disease occur in younger age groups.

 

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