More than 16,000 cases of monkeypox have been identified worldwide

(ORDO NEWS) — More than 16,000 cases of monkeypox infection have been identified in 75 countries, said World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“Currently, more than 16,000 cases have been identified in 75 countries and territories, as well as five deaths,” Ghebreyesus said at a press conference following the second meeting of the WHO emergency committee.

Earlier Saturday, he declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

At the end of June, the WHO committee held its first meeting, following which it declared that the monkeypox outbreak did not constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

At the same time, the committee recognized the emergency nature of the outbreak of this disease and called for control of its spread.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that is also transmitted between humans. It is usually a mild condition and most people recover within a few weeks, but complications can occur for some.

Initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion.

A rash may develop, often beginning on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body. Most infections with this disease are detected in Europe, mainly among men who have had sex with members of the same sex.

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