What We Know About the Monkeypox Outbreak in Europe

As monkeypox’s name suggests, the viral disease originated in monkeys. Small outbreaks of monkeypox have been detected in humans in the past, though mostly in Central and West Africa where the infection originated. That is why an unprecedented wave of infections in cities across Europe and North America has caught researchers by surprise and is concerning public health officials. 

As of May 21, 92 confirmed new cases of monkeypox and 28 suspected cases have been detected in 12 countries in which the virus does not usually circulate, according to the World Health Organization. The number of cases recorded in the past week is higher than the total number of cases that had been recorded in those non-endemic regions since records began in 1970, and more are appearing each day.


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