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World Health Organization confirms 80 cases of monkeypox with outbreaks in 11 countries


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made this 2003 electron microscope picture available. It shows oval-shaped mature monkeypox virus virions and right-hand spherical immature viruses. This image was taken from skin that had been exposed to the 2003 prairie dog epidemic.

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According to the World Health Organization, there have been 80 confirmed cases of monkeypox. Recent outbreaks were reported in eleven countries.

In a Friday statement, the global health agency stated that the recent outbreaks were unusual as they occur in places where the virus has not yet become endemic. As surveillance increases, more monkeypox patients will be reported by the WHO.

“WHO works with the affected countries, as well as others to extend disease surveillance in order to identify and support persons who could be affected by the disease and to give guidance on how to treat it,” said the international health agency.

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