Geneva (The Times Groupe)- The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that its European Region is the epicenter of the largest Monkeypox outbreak outside endemic areas in western and central Africa.
WHO European Region calls for accelerated regional, country, and community-led actions to stop the spread of the disease.
During the summer, there is a high risk for further transmission in Europe and elsewhere, according to Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe. As a result of several mass gatherings in the region, Monkeypox has already spread.”
WHO aims to contain this outbreak by stopping human-to-human transmission as much as possible, Hans Kluge said.
Worldwide, the WHO reported 257 laboratory-confirmed cases and approximately 120 suspected cases as of May 26, but no deaths had been reported.
In the European region, 218 cases have been confirmed, with the UK having the highest number with 106 cases. Canada has 26 cases and the US ten.
The WHO European region said there is a need to demystify Monkeypox, which is not a well-known disease in Europe, countering misinformation spread across social media and other platforms.