More than 1,000 people around the world have contracted monkeypox, the WHO said. The international organization warned about the real risk of infection in non-endemic countries. However, WHO does not recommend mass vaccination against monkeypox, noting the absence of fatal cases of the disease.
Monkeypox is endemic in nine African countries, but infections have been reported in 29 countries in recent weeks, mostly in Europe. In the coming days, WHO intends to issue guidelines for the treatment, and prevention of infection, as well as to combat its spread.
Monkeypox symptoms include high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and skin rash. Now cases of infection are mainly (but not always) detected among sexual minorities, so risk groups should take extra precautions.