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On Monday, the World Health Organization thinks monkeypox will not become a pandemic despite the rising cases of this disease worldwide.

Dr. Rosamund Lewis, the WHO’s technical lead on monkeypox, explained that while the cases are spreading, the organization hasn’t narrowed down how it’s spreading or whether a lack of smallpox vaccination over decades is speeding the spread.

“It’s very important to describe this because it appears to be an increase in a mode of transmission that may have been under-recognized in the past,” Lewis said.

“At the moment, we are not concerned about a global pandemic,” Lewis added.

Dr. Lewis added that most monkeypox cases in dozens of countries had been found among men who have sex with men, which could help investigators’ focus.

She said many cases had been traced to raves in Spain and Belgium.

“We are concerned that individuals may acquire this infection through high-risk exposure if they don’t have the information they need to protect themselves,” she said.

 

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