Pointers at Glance
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 15,400 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United States.
- The US also saw the highest increase in monkeypox infections over the last week, as per WHO.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 15,400 monkeypox cases have been reported in the US.
It is the highest count of cases in any country. States that report the most cases include California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, New York and Illinois.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the US also saw the most significant increase in monkeypox infections over the last week.
However, According to WHO, the number of reported new cases globally decreased compared to the week before. The 10 most affected countries are the US, Spain, Brazil, Germany, France, the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Peru and Portugal.
WHO considers monkeypox as a moderate global health risk. It declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern in July.
Monkeypox is mainly spreading through close, physical contact among men who have sex with men, though experts warn that anyone can contract the virus. Symptoms include a rash, fever and headache, among other things.
WHO said in a press release that the current best practice is that newly-identified viruses, related diseases and virus variants should be given names to avoid offending any cultural, national, social, regional, professional or ethnic groups and minimize any negative impact on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare.
Notably, monkey attacks have been reported in Brazil, leading WHO to warn against harming animals over the virus. But the name comes from the discovery of a virus in monkeys in a Danish laboratory in 1958, and it is present in many different animals, including most commonly in rodents.
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