Monkeypox cases up 77% in 1 week: WHO

The number of monkey pox cases around the world has increased by 77% in seven days, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

As of Monday, there were 6,027 lab-confirmed cases of monkeypox in 59 countries, up from 2,614 cases since June 27, the last time the WHO released its report.

Three deaths have been reported in Africa, where monkeypox is considered endemic. There have been no deaths from the virus in the US and other parts of the world.

There are 4,920 confirmed cases in Europe, the region with the most cases.

PHOTO: Monkeypox Symptoms

According to the WHO report, people who identify as gay, bisexual or men who sleep with men make up the most cases.

Health experts have warned that despite these groups making up the majority of cases, anyone can test positive for the virus.

Brian Thomas, a 32-year-old Baltimore man who recently tested positive for monkey pox, told ABC News about his experience with the virus and said he stands up to people who think it’s a gay disease.

“While this community is now the one most affected, it won’t stay that way forever as the numbers increase,” Thomas said.

The incubation period from when a person is exposed to when symptoms first appear can range from five to 21 days, according to the WHO.

The disease begins with fever, headache, fatigue, chills, and muscle aches. Monkeypox also causes swollen lymph nodes.

The Department of Health and Human Services said it is sending nearly 300,000 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine to prevent the disease for people who have been exposed.

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