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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that as of the 21st, 12 countries around the world had reported 92 confirmed cases of monkeypox and 28 suspected cases.

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The WHO believes that based on available information, some people who have had close physical contact with monkeypox patients are undergoing human-to-human transmission.

At present, cases have been confirmed in the United States, United Kingdom, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Canada and Australia.  At the same time, Switzerland and Israel also reported their first cases of infection on the 21st.  The WHO predicts that more cases of monkeypox are expected globally as surveillance is expanded.

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Belgian health authorities decided on May 20th, to force monkeypox patients to self-isolate for 21 days.  They have not yet required close contacts to be quarantined, but called for vigilance.  This is the first country to impose mandatory measures against monkeypox virus.

In addition, in response to community transmission, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has also updated its guidelines, recommending that close contacts of monkeypox cases with the highest risk should self-isolate for 21 days.


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