In light of the fact that cases of monkeypox there have tripled over the past two weeks, the World Health Organization called on Friday for “urgent” action to stop the disease from spreading.
The WHO Regional Director for Europe, Hans Henri Kluge, stated, “Today, I am stepping up my demand for governments and civil society to scale up measures… to prevent monkeypox from establishing itself across a growing geographical area.
“If we are to make progress in the race to stop the continuous spread of this disease, urgent and coordinated action is essential.”
Monkeypox cases have increased significantly outside of West and Central African nations where the virus is endemic since early May.
4,500 infections, or 90% of all laboratory-confirmed cases reported globally, were found in Europe, according to Kluge.
At this point, infections have been documented from 31 countries and areas.
The rising outbreak is still centered in Europe, according to Kluge, and the risk is still very high.
Although it will soon evaluate its stance, the WHO does not now consider the epidemic to be a public health emergency of worldwide concern.
According to the WHO, the majority of monkeypox cases to date have been found in young, primarily urban, guys who have intercourse with other men.
Although it firmly believes that close contact is the main method of disease transmission, it is looking into examples of potential heterosexual sex.