Monkeypox global outbreak figures have crossed more than 50,000 cases as per World Health Organisation (WHO) figures. The transmission is slowing in the virus hotspots of Europe and the United States.
According to reports, the WHO’s dashboard listed 50,496 cases and 16 deaths that declared the outbreak a global public health emergency in July this year.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus conveyed the decline in new infections, proving the outbreak could be brought to a halt.
“In the Americas, which accounts for more than half of reported cases, several countries continue to see increasing numbers of infections, although it is encouraging to see a sustained downward trend in Canada,” he shared in a press conference.
A wave in monkeypox infections has been declared since early May outside African countries where it has long been endemic.
The WHO introduced its highest level of alarm on July 24, classifying it as a public health emergency of international concern, alongside Covid-19.
“Eliminating monkeypox needs three things: the evidence that it’s possible, which we are now beginning to see; political will and commitment; and the implementation of public health measures in the communities that need them most,” said Tedros. “We don’t have to live with monkeypox,” he further added.