USA (bbabo.net), - The number of cases of monkeypox in the world has decreased. This was announced on Thursday, October 20, by the Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“The number of reported cases of the disease has decreased over the past eight weeks. This is very encouraging,” said the head of WHO
He added that this trend is encouraging, but expressed concern that in several countries the outbreak is still at its peak.
The head of the WHO noted that North and South America accounted for almost 90% of the infections registered last week. A surge in incidence is observed in Ghana, where four deaths have also been reported.
“Stopping human-to-human transmission of monkeypox requires a comprehensive approach. At the same time, public health measures are focused on the communities that are most at risk, ”Ghebreyesus emphasized.
As of 16 October, 73,437 confirmed cases of monkeypox infection had been reported in 109 States, with 29 deaths from the disease, as noted in the eighth situational report on the monkeypox outbreak. In seven days, 2,167 cases of infection were detected, which is 20.6% less than in the previous week.
Monkeypox is an infectious disease of animals and humans, which is characterized by fever, general intoxication and the appearance of exanthema. The pathogen that causes it is genetically close to the variola virus (human smallpox).