WHO calls for increased surveillance

200 monkeypox cases in 20 countries: WHO calls for increased surveillance

The recent outbreak of monkeypox in non-native countries has raised concerns.

A World Health Organization (WHO) official on Thursday called on countries to step up surveillance for infectious diseases, saying about 200 confirmed and more than 100 suspected cases of monkeypox have been identified so far outside the country.

Monkeypox, a mild viral infection native to the African country of Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.

Recent outbreaks in non-native countries have raised concerns. Globally, strain mortality is estimated to be around 1%, although effective vaccines and treatments are available.

Speaking during an online briefing, Maria Van Kerkhov, a senior epidemiologist at the WHO, said cases had been identified in more than 20 non-native countries so far, and the agency hoped the number would increase.

“We hope more cases will be identified. We are asking countries to increase surveillance … This is a controllable situation. It will be difficult, but in non-native countries it is a controllable situation.”

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