The World Health Organisation confirmed 131 Monkeypox cases on Tuesday with another 106 suspected cases in 19 countries.
Although the recent rise in cases is alarming, the WHO has stressed that the outbreak remains “containable”, adding that it would be supporting member countries with advice on how best to tackle the infections.
There has been a steady rise in the number of cases in recent days, with 80 Monkeypox cases confirmed on Friday with an additional 50 being investigated in 11 countries.
On Monday, Madrid’s senior health official, Enrique Ruiz Escudero said that there had been 30 confirmed cases with possible links between a Gay Pride event in the Canary Islands which more than 80,000 people attended and a Madrid sauna.
However, the country's Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 20 positive cases on Tuesday with another 35 cases testing negative with a further 31 suspected.
The Spanish government has so far ruled out the vaccination of those under the age of 40 in order to fight the outbreak.
The UK registered another 14 cases on Tuesday bringing the total there to 71 with a further rise in infections expected over the next week.
Other countries have also confirmed cases including the U.S with the CDC saying that there had been cases discovered in Florida, Washington and New York City.
Dr David Heymann, an expert from the World Health Organisation has described the outbreak in Europe as a “random event” which was most likely spread through sexual transmission among gay and bisexual men who attended raves in Spain and Belgium.
Experts have stressed that it is rare for the virus to be transmitted to another person although it is possible through close contact or sexual intercourse. It may also be spread by sharing bedding, towels, and touching the clothing of another person who has the rash.
What are the symptoms of Monkeypox?
Those who have contracted Monkeypox will initially have a high temperature, headache, backache, muscle aches, fever and exhaustion with symptoms taking between five and 21 days to appear.
A rash is another common symptom which will appear after a few days. The rash will usually begin on the face and then spread to other parts of the body.
September 20, 2023