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The World Health Organization said this weekend that at least 780 cases of monkey flu have been identified in more than two dozen countries.
Health officials have insisted they did not expect this The eruption becomes an epidemicThe WHO said Saturday that cases are “more likely” to pop up in more countries in the coming days and weeks.
“While the current risk to human health and the public is low, the risk to public health will increase if the virus seizes the opportunity to establish itself as a widespread human pathogen in a wide range of countries,” the WHO said in a statement. Localization.
United KingdomThe first infection was discovered on May 6, according to the WHO, with more than 207 confirmed cases.
Spain and Portugal are second and third with 156 and 138 infections, respectively.
First State of Massachusetts A man who recently traveled to Canada was reported in the United States on May 18 to have contracted monkey flu.
Cases have been reported in recent weeks in several states, from California to New York.
Jennifer McWiston, chair of the CDC’s monkey box response team, said further analysis of recent cases in the United States was needed to determine the spread of the virus.
“Monkey box cases in the United States may have gone under the radar before, but not on a large scale,” McWiston said Friday.
Monkey, added the same Type of virus Smallpox is endemic in many countries in West and Central Africa.
The virus causes symptoms such as enlargement, including headaches, fever and fatigue, followed by the formation of a rash blister.
The monkey box is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact or by contact with contaminants, but also by aerosols when individuals are in close contact for long periods of time.
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