Translated by: MOS Education Team – Naughty (WenXing)

Reuters reported on May 20 that monkeypox is spreading in Europe.

On the 20th, Germany, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands reported the first cases of monkeypox.  So far, over 100 cases have been confirmed or suspected across Europe.

Monkeypox started to be reported a few weeks ago in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Sweden, as well as the United States, Canada, and Australia,

The World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting on the 20th to discuss the recent outbreak of monkeypox.

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Belgium held a meeting with healthcare experts on May 20 after two cases confirmed.  The two were reportedly diagnosed in different cities, but according to local TV station VRTNWS, the 2 people attended the same party.  A specialist at Sciensano, the scientific institute for public health of the Federal Belgian State, said he was sure that more patients are expected to emerge, but the spread of the virus can be contained for now.

Germany announced the first confirmed case on May 20. It is said that lesions of monkeypox are visible on the patient’s skin.  Germany’s Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that according to the information available, the virus does not spread easily, and the outbreak can be stopped if health authorities respond quickly.

French health authorities also reported the first confirmed case in Métropole du Grand Paris (MGP) in Paris.

Dutch health authorities also announced the confirmed case of monkeypox on May 20, said there could be more cases.  After the weekend, they will provide updates.

Italian authorities confirmed two new cases and cumulating the total to three.

Spanish health authorities announced 24 confirmed cases.

In the UK, 20 cases have been confirmed so far, and 23 cased confirmed in Portugal.

In addition, hospitals in Israel have announced that a man recently arrived from the West with symptoms suspected of monkeypox.

The first case of monkeypox in Israel was detected in a man, who recently travelled to Western Europe, the Health Ministry confirmed on May 21.

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