How many cases of monkeypox are there in Europe and what are the most common symptoms
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How many cases of monkeypox are there in Europe and what are the most common symptoms

According to the WHO and Ecdc (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control) bulletin, there are currently 12,761 monkeypox positives in Europe.

Cases of monkeypox continue to rise. According to data communicated by the European surveillance system Tessy, 12,761 infections from 32 countries and areas of WHO Europe and the European Economic Area have been reported. WHO Europe and ECDC (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control) certify it.

According to the disease bulletin, of the 12,761 infections reported in the Tessy system (The European Surveillance System), the vast majority (12,689) were laboratory confirmed. The first date of onset of symptoms was reported on 3 April. Most of the positives were aged between 31 and 40 years (41%) and were male in 99.4% of cases. Of the cases with known HIV status, 37% were HIV positive.

In most cases, symptoms reported by patients were a rash (94.7%), fever, fatigue, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, sore throat or headache (67%). 339 are hospitalized (6.2%), of which 131 cases required clinical care. One case was admitted to the ICU for reasons unrelated to monkeypox infection. No one has died. There are 34 cases reported in healthcare professionals, but no occupational exposure has been reported.

WHO: “Vaccine alone cannot stop transmission”

There is no vaccination campaign on the horizon and WHO European office director Hans Kluge himself explained yesterday that the vaccine alone cannot stop the monkeypox epidemic. “We ask, for the moment, to take measures to reduce this risk”, for example “by limiting sexual partners and interactions”. Although cases of domestic transmission are beginning to be observed, “we need to respond by focusing on the dominant mode of transmission (skin-to-skin contact during sexual encounters) and the highest-risk groups,” Kluge said, adding that “monkeypox it is, in general, a self-limiting disease “. But in this case things are going differently: “In the WHO European region, the outbreak has seen the virus extend its reach rapidly, with 37 countries and areas affected to date, with evidence of continued local transmission.”