regular drops New cases of monkeypox continue in North America and Europe, leading to an overall drop of 22% in cases reported last week, according to a new situation report from the World Health Organization (WHO).
There are 5 additional deaths worldwide since the previous WHO report on September 7, bringing the total to 23 (of the deaths, 14 are from African countries). The report does not include a new death in the Czech Republic, in a patient with pneumonia and underlying conditions including HIV.
Over the past week, 23 countries have reported an increase in the number of cases, with Chile reporting the biggest jump. Three countries reported their first cases, Guam, Bahrain and Ukraine.
Together, the United States, Spain, Brazil, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Peru, Canada, Colombia and the Netherlands account for 86.7% of cases worldwide. The majority of cases still concern young adult men.
Of the reported patients with sexual orientation, 90.9% (13,940/15,339) identified as men who have sex with men, according to the WHO. Transmission through contact with skin and mucous membranes during sexual activities was also implicated in 90.9% of all reported transmission events.
Among patients whose HIV status is known, 44.2% are HIV-positive.
62,000 cases worldwide
Today the WHO director-general said 105 countries had reported 62,000 confirmed cases of the virus, but pointed to the direction of the decline in cases.
“The trend is encouraging, but now is not the time for any country to assume these trends will continue,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said at a press briefing today. today. “Now is the time to keep doing what works.”
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported another 161 cases of monkeypox yesterday, bringing the total to 24,364.
In an update of their consensus statement on tackling monkeypox, the UK Health Security Agency, Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland have stated that the clade of monkeypox circulating primarily in the UK since May (clade IIb, line B.1) is no longer classified as an infectious disease with serious consequences.
Health agencies said the change is due to access to vaccine, treatment and a wider understanding of monkeypox now that the disease is widespread and community transmission is the main route of infection.
Monkeypox is now considered a Hazard Group 3 organism. Other organisms in this category include Salmonella Typhi, HIV, hepatitis B and C, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. These diseases are all managed in the community.