There has been a dramatic increase in monkeypox cases across Europe in the last two weeks, according to the World Health Organization. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Europe accounts for 90 percent of verified monkeypox cases worldwide. With 4,500 confirmed cases in 31 European countries since June 15, new infections have risen.
The director of WHO Europe, Henri Kluge, has urged nations to step up efforts to prevent monkeypox from spreading throughout the continent, stressing that timing is crucial:
Today, I am intensifying my call for governments and civil society to scale up efforts in the coming weeks and months to prevent monkeypox from establishing itself across a growing geographical area. Urgent and coordinated action is imperative if we are to turn a corner in the race to reverse the ongoing spread of this disease.
Despite the World Health Organization’s highest level of notice, monkeypox was not declared a public health emergency on Saturday.
Close physical contact is the primary mode of transmission for monkeypox, with sex accounting for a large portion of the current epidemic of the disease. In the meanwhile, a few instances have been documented in which the patients did not get the virus via sexual contact, according to Kluge. According to him, the virus has spread to the families of sick persons, as well as to heterosexual contacts and children.
Only one patient required intensive care as a result of a medical emergency among the patients whose condition could be determined. The virus hasn’t killed anybody in Europe yet.
It has been difficult to gain a complete picture of the epidemic because of the stigmatization of guys who have intercourse with other men in several nations, Kluge added. Kluge noted that some persons with symptoms of monkeypox may delay seeking medical attention for fear of repercussions if it is discovered that they are homosexual or bisexual. He went on to say that it is also critical to convey the severity of the present epidemic in a straightforward manner.