Europe’s Monkeypox Cases Tripled in Past Two Weeks, WHO reports

ADDIS ABABA – Monkeypox cases in Europe have tripled in the last two weeks, said the World health organization (WHO), urging countries in the region to prevent the disease from spreading further in the continent. 

The U.N. health agency issued the latest warning a week after it said the escalating outbreak did not yet warrant being declared a global health emergency.

Since June 15, the agency says six new countries and areas of Europe have reported monkeypox cases, with new cases tripling over the same period to over 4,500 laboratory-confirmed cases across the Region.

“Urgent and coordinated action is imperative if we are to turn a corner in the race to reverse the ongoing spread of this disease,” said Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

Dr. Kluge appealed to countries to scale up their surveillance and genetic sequencing capacities for monkeypox so that cases could be quickly identified and measures taken to prevent transmission of the acute contagious disease caused by the variola virus. 

Europe currently has 90% of the World’s total monkeypox cases, and 31 countries in the WHO’s European region have now identified cases.