The World Health Organization declared the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency on July 24, 2022.
Monkeypox typically causes mild symptoms including fever, aches and skin lesions. People tend to recover within two to four weeks, according to the WHO. First identified in monkeys, the virus is transmitted chiefly through close contact with an infected person.
Until this year, the disease had rarely spread outside Africa, where it is endemic. But reports of a handful of cases in the United Kingdom in early May signalled that the outbreak had moved into Europe. It is now reported in at least 84 countries, according to data from Our World in Data.
The United States has reported 9,461 confirmed monkeypox cases as of August 9, followed by Spain with 5,162 and United Kingdom with 3,022 cases. Across the world, 10 people have reportedly died from monkeypox.
Note: Shows cumulative confirmed cases since May 6, 2022.
Source: Our World in Data
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