After the war against the corona virus, the world is witnessing an increase in cases of monkeypox. With that in mind, a global emergency was declared at the international level in July of this year. According to the Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the number of cases of monkeypox has exceeded 70,000, and 26 people have died so far.
Although there has been a drop in the number of cases, the WHO has asked people not to give up their defenses. The WHO stressed that this could be the “most dangerous” phase of the outbreak, as the number of infection cases continues to rise in some countries.
According to the WHO, monkeypox is entering a deadly phase
At a press conference in Geneva, Dr Tedros pointed out that while cases of monkeypox have decreased, 21 countries have seen an increase, accounting for almost 90 percent of all cases reported in the past week. He called this ‘waning outbreak’ dangerous because it could lead people to believe there is nothing to worry about right now.
He urged people not to let their defenses down as monkeypox remains a cause of global concern. He said countries must increase their testing capacity and monitor trends to prevent escalation.
Cases of monkeypox around the world
Since the beginning of May, there has been an increase in cases of monkeypox. So far, more than 42,000 cases have been reported in the US, compared to about 25,000 in Europe. According to the report, monkeypox infections among men who have sex with men outside African countries have increased since the beginning of May.
The US is the worst affected country with nearly 26,000 cases. Brazil has another 8,147 cases of monkeypox, followed by Spain with 7,209 and France with 4,000 cases. Germany, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Canada are other countries that have reported large numbers of infections. All these countries account for 87 percent of the total cases in the world.
Meanwhile, India has also reported several cases of monkeypox – Delhi has around 10 confirmed cases and Kerala has a total of 5 cases. Those who have returned after traveling to the Arab Emirates. The average age of people infected with the virus is 31.
So, know what are the signs of monkeypox
According to the WHO, cases of monkeypox can vary. Symptoms may appear 1-2 weeks after infection. Typically, symptoms begin with upper respiratory or flu-like symptoms. People may experience high fever, severe body aches, headache and fatigue as their initial symptoms.
Afterwards, the person may develop lymphocytic lymphadenopathy or swollen lymph nodes. During this, a rash may appear on the hands, feet, face, lips, and sometimes on the genitals. These rashes are red and painful. Lumps filled with pus can form in them.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention to protect yourself and the people around you.
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