According to the World Health Organization, there has been 131 confirmed cases of the Monkeypox disease in 19 different countries.
Even though the current outbreak is unusual, the organization believes the disease can be contained. Some countries with confirmed cases include Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the UAE, Sweden, England, US, Austria, Denmark, Israel, Slovenia, Scotland and Switzerland.
According to the WHO, that number of infected is expected to increase but most of the infections so far have not been severe.
The virus is more common in parts of Central and West Africa, areas which have surprisingly produced no cases in the current outbreak.
Despite this being the largest outbreak outside of Africa in the last 50 years, Monkeypox does not spread easily between people. So the threat is not anywhere close to the coronavirus pandemic.
The virus can be passed on through close person-to-person contact or contact with items used by a person who has monkeypox. However, infected persons normally recover within a few weeks.
The West African strain of the disease, which has been identified in the current outbreak has a mortality rate of around 1%.
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