The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Friday that it had received reports of more than 700 cases of monkeypox worldwide, including 21 in the United States, with investigations now indicating that the disease is spreading in the world. country.
According to a new CDC analysis, 16 of the first 17 cases involved people who identified as men who had sex with men, and 14 were suspected of being travel-related.
All patients are recovering or have recovered, and there have been no deaths.
Monkeypox is a rare disease that resembles smallpox but is less severe, resulting in a spreading rash, fever, chills and pain, among other symptoms.
Originally thought to be limited to West and Central Africa, cases have been documented in Europe since May, with the number of affected countries increasing since then.
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On Friday, Canada announced additional figures, revealing that there had been 77 confirmed cases, almost all of which were found in the province of Quebec, where vaccines were provided.
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Monkeypox is not known to be a sexually transmitted disease, although its further spread may be linked to specific homosexual events in Europe. The greatest risk factor is intimate skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox lesions.
Until all the sores have scabbed over and new skin has grown, a person is contagious.
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