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Monkeypox Spread undetected, WHO says

A recent rise in monkeypox cases worldwide indicates an undetected spread, according to officials with the World Health Organization.

CNBC reported that a virus generally found in Africa may have been passed for months or years undetected, Lewis said. An investigation is currently underway.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the same press conference that homosexual males seeking sexually transmitted diseases care have been the ones reporting the majority of monkeypox cases. A few cases of monkeypox can be severe, but it generally goes away on its own, he said. North American and European countries have not reported any deaths.

“We don’t really know whether it’s too late to contain. What WHO and all member states are trying to do is prevent onward spread,” Dr. Rosamund Lewis, the WHO’s monkeypox technical lead, said at a June 1 press conference in Geneva.

2 June 2022


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