World on alert as Monkeypox cases reported from Europe, US, other countries

World on alert as Monkeypox cases reported from Europe, US, other countries
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Fresh cases of monkeypox have been reported from several European countries. Apart from the US, Canada, Australia too have reported the dreaded disease cases. These new cases were reported from Belgium, France, Australia and Germany.

This comes as infections were confirmed in Italy, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, the US, Canada and the UK. Notably, Monkeypox is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa.

Instances of the disease outside of the region are linked to travel to the area. Monkeypox is a rare viral infection, it is usually mild. Most people recover in a few weeks, as per the UK’s National Health Service.

However, this virus does not spread easily between people and the risk to the wider public is said to be very low.

Also, there is no specific vaccine for monkeypox. A smallpox jab offers 85% protection.

As per the UK authorities, they had bought stocks of the vaccine and started offering it to those with “higher levels of exposure” to monkeypox.

Australia’s first case was detected in a man who fell ill after travelling to the UK. In North America, health officials have confirmed that a man has been infected after recently travelling to Canada.

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