Monkeypox Updates: 2785 Cases Now In 43 Countries Outside The African Continent. Spain 638 Cases, UK 574 Cases, Germany 341 Cases, U.S. 118 Cases
: The monkeypox surge see no respite as health authorities and diagnostic laboratories specializing in monkeypox testing across many countries are currently facing backlogs as the number of suspected cases are now running in the tens of thousands.
In the last 24 hours, the total number of confirmed monkeypox cases has risen to 2785 cases with Spain having 627 cases now, the United Kingdom 574 cases, Germany 341 cases, Portugal 289 cases, France 184 cases, USA 118 cases, Netherlands 98 cases, Italy 74 cases, Belgium 62 cases, Switzerland 31 cases.
Almost 85 percent of the confirmed cases are in Europe. It is being projected that in another 28 days’ time, the total number of monkeypox cases could skyrocket to more than 135,000 globally if no preventive ensures are undertaken.
Many countries are extremely lax at the borders and airports. For example, in Thailand where it was claimed that measures are being undertaken to prevent monkeypox into its country, no measures were seen at the airport and many European travelers arriving from high risk countries like the United Kingdom and Germany were not the lest screened etc. Perhaps the Thai Ministry of Public Health could explain to the media and public what type of health screening tools they had put into place at the airports and borders.
As Thailand had just allowed the reopening of nightlife venues and many sex venues like massage joints, ago-go bars and gay pubs have also reopened, the potential risk and spread monkeypox with sex tourist arriving from countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and even Singapore (Singapore has apparently been claiming it has no monkeypox cases but the local gay community is saying otherwise) could pose a danger to local Thais working in the sex industry and also to the general population.
According to the latest Monkeypox Updates
, Chile became the 43rd country having the monkeypox virus on its soil when its first case was confirmed in the last 7 hours.
In Britain, health officials reported another 50 cases of monkeypox across the country on Friday, for a total of 574 cases. That makes the U.K.'s outbreak the second biggest after Spain to date beyond Africa.
Britain's Health Security Agency said most of the cases have been identified in gay or bisexual men, but warned that anyone who is in close, physical contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk of catching the usually rare disease.
Dr William Welfare of Britain's Health Security Agency cautioned, "If you have a rash with blisters, or any other monkeypox symptoms, don't go to events, meet with friends or have sexual contact." He said people who might have been exposed to the disease should stay at home and call health services for advice.
The WHO or World Health Organization has said individuals with monkeypox could be infectious for up to four weeks and advised them to isolate until they have completely recovered.
It was only until last month that monkeypox had only caused sizeable outbreaks in central and west Africa; the continent has so far reported more th
an 1,500 cases and 72 suspected deaths in a separate epidemic.
The World Health Organization's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus earlier this week, described the continued spread of monkeypox in countries that haven't previously seen the disease as "unusual and concerning."
Tedros said he would be convening an expert meeting next Thursday to decide if the expanding monkeypox outbreak warrants being declared a global emergency. That would give it the same designation as the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing effort to eradicate polio.
In the United States, monkeypox is now found in 21 states with New York leading the race with 26 cases (Note the U.S. CDC lags behind in its daily reports and only list 21 cases but the New York states authorities in the last 24 hours have registered 26 confirmed infections).
California has 24 cases, Illinois 15 cases, Florida 10 cases, Massachusetts 7 cases, Hawaii 5 cases, Colorado 5 cases, District of Columbia 4 cases, Georgia 3 cases, Washington 2 cases, Utah 2 cases, Texas 2 cases, Pennsylvania 2 cases, Oklahoma 2 cases, Virginia 1 case, Rhode Island 1 case, Oregon 1 case, Ohio 1 case, Nevada 1 case, Maryland 1 case and Arizona 1 case.
However more than 1,327 individuals in the United States are under investigation for possible monkeypox infection!
Various circumstances are confirming that most of the newer cases were contracted via airborne transmissions unlike the initial stages of the monkeypox surge, where it was primarily via sexual contacts among gay men.
Many scientists are urging that individuals undertake more stringent preventive measures include masking in high risk areas etc.
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