The number of monkey flu cases in Europe has tripled in the past two weeks. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on European countries to act quickly.
The virus has now been detected in 31 European countries and territories. According to the WHO, six countries and territories have been added in the past two weeks.
In total, there have been more than 4,500 European cases of the monkeypox virus, which usually occurs only in Africa. Most of the outbreaks have been identified in the United Kingdom. As for Belgium, the Netherlands has 118 infections and now 288 people have been diagnosed with the virus.
“Today (Friday, Ed.) I am reinforcing my appeal to governments and society to do more in the coming weeks and months to prevent the colonization of the geographical area where monkeypox is growing,” said Hans Kluge, director for WHO Europe. According to him, urgent and concerted action is needed to turn the tide.
99 percent of infections are diagnosed in men, most of whom are between the ages of 21 and 40. However, cases have also been reported in women and children. Fortunately, according to Cluj, Belgium, no fatal cases have been reported so far.
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