On Sunday, the World Health Organisation revealed that 780 laboratory-confirmed monkeypox cases had been reported to it from 27 non-endemic countries and that the global risk level of the disease was still moderate.
According to the WHO, the 780 figure, for cases from May 13 to Thursday, was probably an underestimate due to limited epidemiological and laboratory information.
“It is highly likely that other countries will identify cases and there will be a further spread of the virus,” the UN health agency added.
The WHO listed the non-endemic countries reporting the most cases as Britain (207), Spain (156), Portugal (138), Canada (58), and Germany (57). The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday it was aware of 21 cases in the United States, with investigations now suggesting it is spreading inside the country.
Besides Europe and North America, cases have also been reported — in single figures — in Israel, Argentina, Australia, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. The WHO said there had been no deaths associated with outbreaks in non-endemic countries, but cases and deaths continue to be reported from endemic areas.
The WHO listed the endemic states as Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gabon, and Ivory Coast, plus Ghana where it has been identified in animals only.