The World Health Organization (WHO) says monkey pox, which began in Europe in early May, has spread to 58 countries over the past two months and has so far reported 6,000 confirmed cases.
The disease, originally found in monkeys in the western part of Africa since the 1970s, was first reported in May this year outside of Africa, in Europe.
In May, some cases of monkey pox were reported in England and later in Spain and Italy, after which the disease spread to several European countries, including Germany, France and Switzerland, from where it spread to the United States and the Middle East. Arrived
Now the World Health Organization has confirmed that as of July 6, 6,000 cases had been reported in 58 countries around the world.
According to Reuters, the head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gibresis, confirmed in an online conference that cases of monkey pox are on the rise and that the world’s population is still without tests.
He expressed concern over the slow pace of tests for monkey pucks and said that the World Health Organization would declare a health emergency for monkey pucks by mid-July.
The WHO had earlier said at the end of June that the monkey pas epidemic was not currently a threat to the global public health emergency.
Experts say the disease does not spread as fast as corona or other epidemics, with monkey pox only transmitted from person to person through close contact and especially physical contact.
According to experts, monkey pox is usually found only in the African region and for decades no cases of the disease have been reported in any other region.
There are two types of this disease, similar to smallpox and severe itchy rash on the body, one is West African clade and the other is Congo Basin (Central African) clade. The death toll from patients infected with the Congo Basin has risen to 10 percent.
Experts believe that monkey pox is a rare epidemic virus, the infection is similar to the smallpox virus found in humans, the symptoms of the epidemic include fever, headache and itchy skin.