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The WHO registers 131 cases of monkeypox, with Spain as the most affected country

The cases of monkeypox confirmed in recent weeks in non-endemic countries have already risen to 131, with 106 other suspects, The World Health Organization (WHO) reported this Tuesday, indicating that the countries that have reported the most infections are Spain (40), Portugal (37) and the United Kingdom (20).

Cases have been confirmed so far in 17 countries, mostly European, although infections have also been identified in Pakistan (2), Israel (1), Canada (5), USA (2) and Australia (2)indicated the WHO during a technical session of the current annual assembly of the organization.

Spain is also the country with the most suspected cases of the disease (51), followed by Canada (17) and Italy (15), according to WHO data, which reports a possible contagion in Argentina.

The disease has been endemic for at least 40 years in countries of west and central africaand although cases had previously been recorded in other regions, until then always linked to people who had traveled to the African continent, this is the first time that such a widespread outbreak has been observed.

The expert Rosamund Lewisfrom the WHO smallpox department, stressed today at a press conference that for now the sources of infection are small (families, groups of acquaintances), since the main route of transmission is close contact, so the risk for the general population it is “low”.

The symptom Symptoms of the disease may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, muscle fatigue, and rashes on the face, hands, feet, eyes, or genitals.

Lewis recommended that those who develop these symptoms consult health professionals, isolation at home and avoid physical contact with other people.

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The conventional smallpox vaccine, a more serious disease, proved to be 85% effective against monkeypox.

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However, most of the younger generations are not vaccinated against smallpox, which was considered eradicated globally four decades ago, which is why their immunization campaigns were stopped and today Lewis acknowledged that the stock of smallpox vaccines in the world currently are “limited“.

The first case of monkeypox in the world was detected in 1970 in a child from the Democratic Republic of Congoand in that country alone so far this year there have been 12,000 suspected cases, the expert stressed.

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