More than 1,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported to the World Health Organization.
In the current outbreak, more than 1,000 monkeypox cases have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) outside of Africa, where it is more often disseminated.
The risk of monkeypox spreading to non-endemic countries, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is real but preventable at this time.
In the current outbreak, which began in May, twenty-nine nations have recorded cases. There have been no deaths reported.
Mr. Tedros also stated at a press conference in Geneva that there had been over 1,400 probable cases of monkeypox in Africa this year, with 66 deaths.
"It's an awful reflection of the society we live in that monkeypox has only recently come to the attention of the international community because it has appeared in high-income countries," he said.
In several places, he said, the outbreak was showing signs of communal transmission. People with monkeypox isolate should stay at home, according to the WHO.
According to the WHO, cases are still primarily among men who have sex with other men, while cases in women have been reported.
To raise awareness and limit transmission, the United Nations agency is collaborating with organisations such as the United Nations AIDS Programme and community groups.
Some nations may consider post-exposure vaccination, including for health workers or close contacts, including sexual partners, ideally within four days of exposure, according to WHO. The vaccines are intended to protect against smallpox, a related, more severe virus that was eliminated worldwide in 1980, but studies have revealed that they also protect against monkeypox.
Sylvie Briand, a senior WHO official, said the agency is analysing the efficacy of smallpox vaccines on hand and contacting manufacturers and countries that have already contributed vaccines.