The World Health Organization on Friday called for “urgent action” against monkeypox in Europe, as cases have tripled in the past two weeks on the continent, informs AFP.

In a statement, the regional director of the health organization called on European countries to “step up their efforts in the coming weeks and months to prevent the installation of monkeypox in a wider geographical area.”

“Urgent and coordinated action is imperative if we are to change course in the fight against the spread of the disease,” said WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge.

According to the UN agency, Europe currently has more than 4,500 laboratory-confirmed cases, three times more than in mid-June.

This corresponds to 90% of cases worldwide since mid-May, when the disease, hitherto endemic in only 11 African countries, began to spread in Europe.

The epicenter of this new contagion, Europe currently has 31 countries and territories that have reported cases of monkeypox.

On Saturday, WHO experts described the increase in cases as a health threat whose evolution has been very worrying, but which has not yet reached the stage of global health emergency, according to AFP, quoted by Agerpres.

Despite this decision, “the rapid evolution and urgent nature of this event will lead the (expert) committee to review its position shortly,” said WHO Europe.

Editor: Liviu Cojan

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