Monkeypox virus reaches another 50 new countries

Monkeypox virus reaches another 50 new countries

The monkeypox virus has been found in more than 50 additional nations, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which has issued a warning that the trend is “likely to continue.” 

The Emergency Committee did not advise that the current outbreak represents a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. 

They acknowledged the “emergency nature” of the event and that controlling the further spread requires intense response efforts, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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“The number of cases recorded this year in Nigeria, where an epidemic has been raging since 2017, suggests that it may equal or surpass past peaks. In addition, the virus has already been discovered in more than 50 other nations, and this pattern is likely to persist, ” he added.

What illness is monkeypox?

The uncommon viral virus known as monkeypox, initially identified in 1958 in research-held monkeys, is comparable to human smallpox. 

The disease-causing virus is a member of the Poxviridae family, which also contains the viruses that cause smallpox and cowpox.

Monkeypox is a contagious illness that mainly affects tropical rainforest regions of Central and West Africa. The first human case was documented in 1970.