Global health leaders say more than 20,000 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed across 71 countries where the virus isn’t historically found.
The European Union had recorded 11,000 cases as of Thursday, including more than 3,700 cases in Spain and nearly 2,500 in Germany. The United Kingdom has documented around 2,500 cases as of Friday, while the U.S. total is up to 4,900.
The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern last week. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the virus’s spread poses a moderate risk globally and a high risk in Europe.
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Additionally, the Associated Press provided the following information in regard to the spread of the disease and the symptoms reported.
Officials say people can catch monkeypox from touching items that previously touched an infected person’s rash or body fluids, such as towels or bedsheets. That is thought to explain the infections in children.
Scientists believe the primary route of transmission during the current outbreak has been skin-to-skin contact during sexual encounters with someone who has symptoms. In that respect, it’s similar to herpes, some experts noted.
The virus also may spread through saliva and respiratory droplets during prolonged, face-to-face contact, such as during kissing and cuddling — a kind of spread that can occur outside of sex.
The virus also may spread through saliva and respiratory droplets during prolonged, face-to-face contact, such as during kissing and cuddling — a kind of spread that can occur outside of sex.[ad_2]