Monkeypox cases down globally, but up in the Americas

The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that monkeypox cases fell last week globally, with the clear exception of the American continentwhere they continued to increase.

Laboratory confirmed cases rise to 41,664 in 96 countries and twelve deaths have been reported.

After four consecutive weeks of increase in the number of infections, the last week gave a break with 21% fewer new cases registered, which totaled 5,907.

"This reduction could reflect the first signs of a decrease in cases in Europe, which has yet to be confirmed."indicates the WHO weekly epidemiological report dedicated to the monkeypox outbreak.

this outbreak started in Europe last May and it was the first to be seen outside the group of countries in central Africa, where the disease was considered endemic.

The virus quickly crossed the Atlantic and cases began to increase considerably in the United States and in some South American countries.

The US is now the country with the highest number of cumulative cases, followed by Spain, Brazil, Germany, the UK, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Peru and Portugal, in that order.

Iran and Indonesia each reported their first case last week.

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