Monkeypox: nine dead and more than 26,000 infected in the world

The global cases of monkey pox Today they amount to 26,017, with nine deaths, according to the statistics updated daily by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The United States remains the country with the most reported cases, with 6,307, followed by Spain (4,577), Germany (2,839), the United Kingdom (2,759) and France (2,239).

Of the nine confirmed deaths, two were recorded in Spain, three in Nigeria, two in the Central African Republic, one in Ghana and one in India, while other possible deaths linked to the disease are still being confirmed by the Geneva-based agency.

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In Latin America, the country with the most reported cases is still Brazil, with 1,474, followed by Peru (324), Mexico (91), Chile (69) and Argentina (31).

In the past seven days, the countries with the most reported cases were the United States (1,678), Spain (839), Brazil (496) and France (402).

The WHO declared on July 23 the international emergency for this disease, which for decades was detected almost exclusively in West and Central Africa but of which cases have currently been diagnosed in about 90 countries.

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In general, it is less dangerous than conventional smallpox, a disease that caused millions of deaths over millennia but was eradicated globally 40 years ago, and usually manifests itself with a high fever that quickly leads to skin rashes, especially on the face.

The WHO is now studying the effectiveness against the outbreak of vaccines against this conventional smallpox (which many generations born since the 70s and 80s were not inoculated when the disease disappeared), as well as other recently developed products, many based on the old vaccines smallpox.

For now, in any case, the WHO rules out having to undertake massive vaccinations of populations with this disease, and recommends only protecting with them the most affected groups, such as homosexual men, who continue to represent a significant percentage of those currently affected.

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