(CNN) — Health authorities in several countries have detected new cases of monkeypox. All health organizations urge to monitor the disease to avoid large spreads in the world.
As of Saturday, 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases of monkeypox were under investigation in 12 countries, according to a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO).
There are confirmed cases in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, according to the WHO. Between one and five cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in these countries as of Saturday, the WHO said in its latest communication on the matter.
“The situation is evolving and WHO expects more cases of monkeypox to be identified as surveillance expands in non-endemic countries,” the WHO press release says.
These are the countries that have confirmed cases of monkeypox:
Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s Covid-19 response coordinator, told ABC he wouldn’t be surprised if the US saw “a few more” cases of monkeypox in the coming days.
“But I feel like this is a virus that we understand, we have vaccines against it, we have treatments against it, and it spreads very differently than SARS-CoV-2,” the virus that causes covid-19, Jha told ABC. Martha Raddatz on Sunday.
“It’s not as contagious as Covid. So I’m confident we’re going to be able to embrace it,” Jha said. “But we will be monitoring it very closely and using the tools that we have to make sure that we can continue to prevent further spread and take care of people who do get infected.”
Health experts say that close contact with an infected person is required to spread the monkeypox virus.
UK registers more than 20 cases
The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported this Friday that it had detected 11 more cases of monkeypox in England. This Saturday the WHO reported that the United Kingdom has between 21 and 30 confirmed cases since the beginning of May.
Most cases in the UK are mild, said British Health Secretary Sajid Javid. “And I can confirm that we have acquired more doses of vaccines that are effective against monkeypox,” he added.
A senior UK health official told the BBC on Sunday that people should be aware of monkeypox, but the risk to the general population “remains extremely low at the moment”.
“I think people need to be vigilant,” said Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at the UK’s Health Security Agency.
“We really want clinicians to be vigilant and send the test if they’re concerned,” Hopkins added.
The official said that, based on reports from Africa, the UKHSA knows that certain people are “much more at risk of serious illness, particularly immunocompromised people or young children”.
While “there is no direct vaccine for monkeypox,” Hopkins said, “we are using a form of smallpox vaccine or a third-generation smallpox vaccine that is safe for people who are contacts of the cases.” .
Italy, up to 5 cases
According to the WHO, in Italy there are between 1 and 5 cases of monkeypox. As of Friday, the country’s health authorities had reported three cases in total cases in the country.
Portugal reports up to 37 infected
In Portugal, 37 cases of this infection have been confirmed until this Monday, May 23, according to the country’s authorities.
“The identified cases are under clinical surveillance, and remain stable and in outpatient care,” the Portuguese Health Authority said in a statement Monday.
“The epidemiological investigation of the suspected cases that are being detected is ongoing, with the aim of identifying the chains of transmission and possible new cases and their respective contacts.”
Belgium adds up to 5 confirmed cases and several more suspects
In Belgium, the WHO confirmed this Saturday that there are between 1 and 5 cases of monkeypox, and there are between 1 and 5 suspected cases.
The Netherlands has between 1 and 5 confirmed cases and none suspected, according to the WHO.
Isabel Brosius, from the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine, said this Thursday, when reporting the first case, that there was the possibility of a second case that is the partner of the confirmed case. “The couple has similar symptoms, but it has not yet been confirmed if they have the virus,” she said.
Spain confirms up to 30 cases
Although on Thursday of last week Spain had just confirmed its first case of the virus, the WHO reported that this country has already confirmed between 21 and 30 cases of monkeypox and up to 10 cases are under suspicion.
Meanwhile, Canada has up to 5 confirmed cases of monkeypox and between 11 and 20 suspected cases, according to the WHO.
France, Germany and Sweden announce their first cases
France, Germany and Sweden announced their first cases of monkeypox on Friday.
But by Saturday, France had confirmed between 1 and 5 cases of monkeypox and has the same cases, between 1 and 5, under suspicion, according to the WHO.
France’s Public Health agency said the first suspected case was confirmed by health authorities on Thursday in the Ile-de-France region, according to a statement released on Friday. By Saturday this country already had between 1 and 5 confirmed cases of monkeypox and the same number of suspected cases, according to the WHO.
Meanwhile, both Germany and Sweden have reported between 1 and 5 confirmed cases each, according to the WHO.
Denmark registers the first case
Denmark registered its first case of monkeypox infection, the Ministry of Health reported in a statement on Monday.
“A man has today tested positive for monkeypox in Denmark. The man showed symptoms of infection after a trip to Spain,” the ministry said, adding that he is now at home and in isolation.
“The Danish Agency for Patient Safety is in the process of detecting infections, so close contacts with the patient are guided on how they should behave,” Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said in the statement.
Australia presents a suspected case
In Australia, the WHO confirmed that there are already up to 5 suspected cases of the disease.
On May 20, the NSW Office of Health said it had identified a probable case of monkeypox in a person who had recently traveled to Europe.
The United States monitors 6 people who may have monkeypox
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring six people in the United States for possible monkeypox infections after they sat near an infected traveler who had symptoms during a flight from Nigeria to the UK in early May. The WHO says that in the country there are between 1 and 5 confirmed cases.
Although experts say monkeypox is not as contagious as Covid-19, President Joe Biden said everyone should be concerned about the spread of monkeypox, even as scientists work to learn more about the recent spread. .
“I haven’t been told the level of exposure yet, but it’s something everyone should be concerned about,” Biden told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins as he departed South Korea on Sunday.
“We are working hard to figure out what we do and what vaccine, if any, might be available,” Biden said. “It is worrying that if it were to spread, it would have consequences. That’s all they told me.”
In the United States, the last recorded outbreak of monkeypox was in 2003, when 47 confirmed and probable cases were reported in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. “No case of monkeypox infection was attributed exclusively to person-to-person contact,” according to the CDC.
Historically, monkeypox cases have generally been reported in West Africa or Central Africa, said Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology within the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
“We have a level of scientific concern about what we’re seeing because this is a very unusual situation,” McQuiston told CNN on Thursday.
“We don’t see it in the United States or in Europe, and the number of cases being reported is definitely outside the normal level of what we would see,” McQuiston said.
— With reporting from CNN’s Jacqueline Howard, Joseph Ataman, Elias Lemercier, Sandee LaMotte, Jamie Gumbrecht, Keith Allen, Kevin Liptak, and Martin Goillandeau.