Europe is already approaching 25,000 cases of monkeypox, warns WHO

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Europe registers 24,622 cases of monkeypox, which is 366 more than on Wednesday of last week, according to data published by the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) and the Office Regional for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO).

By countries, Spain still in the lead with 7,149 cases, ahead of France (3,970), United Kingdom (3,635), Germany (3,607), the Netherlands (1,223), Portugal (917), Italy (846), Belgium (770), Switzerland (513), Austria (309), Israel (250), Sweden (192), Poland (188), Denmark (185) and Ireland (183).

Below 100 cases are Norway (92), Hungary (77), Greece (74), Czechia (66), Luxembourg (55), Slovenia (47), Finland (40), Romania (40), Serbia (40) , Malta (33), Croatia (29), Iceland (14), Slovakia (14), Estonia (11), Bulgaria (6), Gibraltar (6), Bosnia and Herzegovina (5), Cyprus (5), Latvia ( 5), Lithuania (5), Andorra (4), Monaco (3), Ukraine (3), Georgia (2), Greenland (2), Montenegro (2), Moldova (2), Russia (2) and Turkey ( 1).

So far there have been registered 710 hospitalized cases (6%), of which 232 have required clinical attention. Five cases have been admitted to the ICU, of which five have died.

The WHO and the ECDC have been informed of four cases of occupational exposure. In three of them the healthcare workers they were wearing the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) but were exposed to bodily fluids while collecting samples. The fourth case was not wearing PPE.

Most of the cases in Europe they are between 31 and 40 years old (9,643/24,435 – 39%) and are men (24,039/24,416 – 98%). Of the 10,610 male cases with known sexual orientation, 96 percent self-identify as men who have sex with men.

Among cases with known serostatus, 38 percent (3,730/9,887) are seropositive. Most cases present with a rash (14,504/15,190 – 96%) and systemic symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle pain, chills, or headache (10,299/15,190 – 68%).

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