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Monkey pox: WHO calls for "urgent" action in Europe in the face of soaring cases

2022-07-01T14:03:48.842Z

Europe now has more than 4,500 lab-confirmed cases. The World Health Organization called on Friday July 1 for “ urgent action ” against monkeypox in Europe, in the face of the tripling of cases observed for two weeks on the continent. Read alsoMonkeypox: why are cases of monkeypox counted as we did for cases of Covid-19? SEE ALSO - Monkey pox: "no way" that Africa will suffer the "inequities" experienced with Covid, warns WHO In a statement, the



The World Health Organization called on Friday July 1 for “

urgent action

” against monkeypox in Europe, in the face of the tripling of cases observed for two weeks on the continent.

Read alsoMonkeypox: why are cases of monkeypox counted as we did for cases of Covid-19?

SEE ALSO

- Monkey pox: "no way" that Africa will suffer the "inequities" experienced with Covid, warns WHO

In a statement, the regional director of the health organization called on European countries to "

increase their efforts in the coming weeks and months to prevent monkeypox from taking hold in a larger geographical area

", while the Europe now has more than 4,500 laboratory-confirmed cases, or 90% of the cases recorded worldwide since mid-May.

"

Urgent and coordinated action is imperative if we are to change course in the race against the spread of the disease

," said WHO Europe director Hans Kluge.

Read alsoThe United States steps up its vaccination campaign against monkeypox

According to data from the UN agency, Europe now has more than 4,500 laboratory-confirmed cases, three times more than in mid-June.

This corresponds to 90% of the cases recorded in the world since mid-May, when this disease until then endemic only in ten African countries began to multiply in Europe.

Epicenter of this new contagion, Europe now has 31 countries or territories that have reported cases of monkeypox.

WHO experts on Saturday considered the outbreak of cases as a health threat whose evolution was very worrying, but without reaching the stage of a global health emergency for the moment.

Despite this decision,

the rapid evolution and the urgent nature of this event means that the (expert) committee will reconsider its position shortly

”, indicates WHO Europe.

SEE ALSO

- Monkey pox: Europe "remains the epicenter" of the epidemic, according to the WHO

Source: lefigaro

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