Monkeypox outbreak in Europe and North America, WHO calls for emergency meeting


France, Germany and Belgium also reported their first case of monkeypox today.

New Delhi:

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting to discuss monkeypox, a virus that is spreading rapidly in Europe and North America. The health body is expected to focus on virus transmission and vaccines, The Telegraph reported.

Cases of monkeypox have been reported in several countries this month. The UK has confirmed 20 cases of the rare virus since May 6. France, Germany and Belgium also reported their first case of monkeypox today.

Monkeypox is a virus transmitted to humans by animals, with symptoms very similar to smallpox but clinically less severe.

The rare disease, which is usually not fatal, often presents with fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face .

Monkeypox can be transmitted through contact with broken skin and droplets from an infected person, as well as through shared objects such as bedding and towels. The WHO also said some of the recent cases appeared to have been transmitted within the gay community.

There is currently no specific treatment for monkeypox. Patients will usually need to stay in a specialist hospital so that the infection does not spread and general symptoms can be treated.


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