There are nearly 600 confirmed and suspected cases of monkeypox all over the world, with most of these cases being found in Europe, where the first outbreaks began. On Monday, May 30, the WHO said the monkeypox outbreak only posed a "moderate" threat to global health. (Related: Despite media claims, Americans shouldn't be concerned about monkeypox – Brighteon.TV.)
The WHO is considering designating the monkeypox outbreak as a "potential public health emergency of international concern." While this sounds ominous, a spokesperson for the WHO noted that such a declaration is only meant to help accelerate research and funding to learn more about the disease and how to contain it.
"At the moment, we are not concerned about a global pandemic," noted Dr. Rosamund Lewis, the WHO's technical lead on monkeypox. "Collectively, the world has an opportunity to stop this outbreak. There's a window of opportunity where this can be contained."
The WHO has determined that the primary mode of transmission is close contact. Most cases are still being reported in younger men, many of whom are men who have sex with men. But the WHO claims there is still some uncertainty regarding how monkeypox spreads and if asymptomatic individuals can infect other people.
"We really don't actually yet know whether there's an asymptomatic transmission of monkeypox," said Lewis. "The indications in the past have been that this is not a major feature, but this remains to be determined."
As of May 31, there is a total of 584 confirmed cases in 26 countries, with several hundred more suspected cases being monitored by national public health agencies.
Western Europe remains the epicenter of the outbreak, having 70 percent of all cases. The United Kingdom leads the pack with 190 confirmed cases, followed by Spain and Portugal with 132 cases each.
The United States has 16 recorded cases in nine states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York City alone has four cases. California and Florida have three confirmed cases each. Two cases have been spotted in Utah and Colorado and one each in Washington, Virginia, Massachusetts and Georgia.
Most of the cases in the U.S. have been found in gay and bisexual men and can be traced back to international travel to areas currently experiencing their own outbreaks of monkeypox.
Some countries have begun to stockpile vaccines against monkeypox by the millions. Others are even offering them to close contacts of confirmed monkeypox cases.
Others are going even further by attempting to restrict the activities of confirmed and suspected cases. In the U.K., the government is urging cases to go into home isolation for up to 21 days. They should only leave their homes to go to the hospital, and when they do they're told to wear face coverings and cover up rashes and lesions.
People with monkeypox are also being told to not have sex while they still have symptoms of the disease.
"Cases should also abstain from sex while symptomatic, including the period of early symptom onset, and while lesions are present," reads the country's guidelines for the ongoing outbreak. "Whilst there is currently no available evidence of monkeypox in genital excretions, as a precaution, cases are advised to use condoms for eight weeks after infection and this guidance will be updated as evidence emerges."
Experts are currently linking the current monkeypox outbreak to the Gay Pride Maspalomas festival on the island of Gran Canaria in the Spanish Canary Islands, which was held from May 5 to 15, and the Darklands fetish festival in Antwerp, Belgium, which ran from May 5 to 8.
Health officials in the U.S. are now concerned that the country will find more new monkeypox cases as the country gears up for LGBT Pride parades this month.
Learn more about monkeypox at Outbreak.news.
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