European Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) warnedthat the spread of monkeypox virus in the region could accelerate during the summer months.
“As the summer season rolls on in Europe with large gatherings, I’m worried transmission of the virus could accelerate,” said Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director. He noted that the main method of transmission is close physical contact with the patient.
Fabian Leenderz, Doctor of the German Robert Koch Institute, named the outbreak of monkeypox epidemic, however, suggested that it would not last long. “Today, the sick are easy to trace and isolate. In addition, we have drugs and effective vaccines that can be used if necessary,” said Leenderts.
Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease most prevalent in remote areas of Central and West Africa. Its symptoms are nausea, fever, rash, itching, and muscle pain. Cases outside the region are often associated with travel to epidemiologically disadvantaged areas. The virus spreads through contact, but its ability to infect the body is low.
By May 21, 2022, more than 100 cases of monkeypox had been reported outside of Africa. Cases have been reported by several countries in Europe, as well as the United States, Canada and Australia.