The WHO reports that an additional 50 suspected cases are being investigated, but does not name the nations involved. Previously, infections were verified in Italy, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which reported the first European case.
Monkeypox is especially prevalent in isolated regions of West and Central Africa.
According to the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, it is a rare viral illness that is often mild and from which the majority of patients recover in a few weeks.
The virus does not travel easily between individuals, and the risk to the general population is reportedly minimal.
In a statement released on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that “the latest outbreaks reported in 11 countries are uncommon since they are occurring in non-endemic nations.”
It stated that it was “working with impacted countries and others to expand disease surveillance in order to identify and assist those who may be afflicted.”
Additionally, the WHO recommended against stigmatizing groups due to the condition.
“It can be a hindrance to resolving an outbreak since it can deter people from seeking medical care and contribute to undetected spread,” the report stated.
Hans Kluge, regional director for Europe at the World Health Organization, cautioned, “As we reach the summer season… with mass gatherings, festivals, and parties, I am concerned that transmission could speed up.”
All but one of the latest cases had no relevant travel history to locations where monkeypox was prevalent, he added.
On May 7, the first case of the disease was reported in the United Kingdom. According to the UK Health Security Agency, the patient recently visited Nigeria, where they are believed to have contracted the illness before traveling to England.
On Friday, Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that there are now 20 confirmed cases of Ebola in the United Kingdom.
Authorities in the United Kingdom announced that they had purchased vaccine stockpiles and had begun providing it to persons with “greater degrees of exposure” to monkeypox.
El Pas reports that the Spanish health authorities have also purchased thousands of smallpox vaccines in response to the outbreak.
The first instance in Australia was identified in a man who became ill after traveling to the United Kingdom, according to the Victorian Department of Health.
In North America, health officials in the US state of Massachusetts have confirmed that a man who recently visited Canada has been infected. Officials reported that he was in “excellent shape” and posed no threat to the public.