Over 70,000 cases detected worldwide, WHO urges caution

Epidemic – The number of detected cases is generally falling according to the World Health Organization

If the number of cases is falling, we must remain cautious, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 70,000 cases of monkeypox have been recorded since the start of the epidemic in May worldwide, the WHO announced on Wednesday. Its director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also said that 26 deaths have been recorded this year, with 42,000 cases recorded in the Americas region and almost 25,000 in Europe.

“At the global level, the number of cases is falling, but last week 21 countries saw their number of cases increase, especially in the Americas region which accounts for nearly 90% of cases last week,” he said. clarified in a press conference in Geneva. “An epidemic that slows down can be a more dangerous epidemic, because we can think that the crisis is over and lower our caution,” he added, confirming that the organization was working with countries to increase their monitoring capacities. the epidemic.

Concerns in Sudan

“We are worried about the number of cases in Sudan, especially in the refugee camps on the border with Ethiopia,” he added. “Like Covid-19, monkeypox remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (USPPI), and WHO will continue to treat it as such.”

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