On Friday, the World Health Organization revealed nearly 200 cases of monkeypox had been reported in more than 20 countries.
But the WHO clarified that monkeypox is not usually known to have outbreaks of unusual disease and that the epidemic is “containable.”
The WHO also proposed creating a stockpile to equitably share the limited vaccines and drugs available worldwide.
In a public forum, the U.N. health agency said there are still many unanswered questions about how the current epidemic arose, but there is no evidence that any genetic changes in the virus are responsible for the unprecedented epidemic.
“The first sequencing of the virus shows that the strain is not different from the strains we can find in endemic countries and (this outbreak) is probably due more to a change in human behaviour,” said Dr. Sylvie Briand, WHO’s director of pandemic and epidemic diseases.
in a statement released earlier this week, a top adviser to WHO said the outbreak in Europe, the U.S., Israel, Australia, and beyond was likely linked to sex at two recent raves in Spain and Belgium.
The statement was in contrast to the disease’s typical pattern of spread in central and western Africa, where animals mainly infect people like wild rodents and primates, and outbreaks haven’t spilled across borders.