WHO reports two new monkeypox deaths, health workers at risk of outbreak

“From January 1 to July 4, there have been 6,027 laboratory confirmed cases of monkeypox and three deaths reported to WHO from 59 countries,” the WHO weekly status report said.

All three deaths have been reported from Africa, which has reported 173 cases.

The European region has reported the most cases – 4,920, followed by the US, with 902 cases.

Since the WHO’s last update on June 27, there has been a 77 percent increase with 2,614 new cases and two new deaths. Cases have also spread to nine new countries.

“This is the first time that local transmission of monkeypox in newly affected countries has been reported from countries that have previously reported monkeypox in West or Central Africa,” the report said.

In addition, the global health agency said that health workers are at high risk of spreading.

The WHO found that “of the reported cases, 25 cases so far are reported to be health workers”.

However, they have not yet determined whether the infection in healthcare workers was due to occupational exposure.

So far, the outbreak has mainly affected men who have sex with men who have recently reported having sex with one or multiple male partners, who have yet to show any signs of continued transmission beyond these networks. There is no signal.

About 99.5 percent of cases have been reported in men, with an average age of 37 years.

Men aged 18-44 are disproportionately affected by this outbreak as they account for 79 percent of cases.

Of the cases with a reported sexual orientation, 60 percent identified as gay, bisexual, and other men who had sex with men, and 41 percent of cases with a known HIV status were positive for HIV.

Meanwhile, WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press briefing on Wednesday, “testing remains a challenge and it is highly likely that a large number of cases are not being taken up”.

According to the WHO, the most suspected and reported route of transmission among known contacts has been through sexual contact.

“But because of the sensitivity in reporting the complete list of sexual contacts, the identification of all contacts of probable and confirmed cases has proved very challenging in this outbreak, and may be one reason why it is difficult to break all chains of transmission. “

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