Rare monkeypox infections detected in several European countries

Seven cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in London and northeast England, of which only one was linked to travel outside the country, health officials said. Current evidence suggests the rare disease may now be spreading in the local community, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

This viral spread, if it is occurring, could spread beyond the UK and affect people in other countries, US health officials warned on Tuesday (May 17). according to STAT. This concern was validated on Wednesday, when two more European countries announced suspected and confirmed cases of the disease, informed STATUS on May 18. These countries include Spain, where eight potential cases are being investigated, and Portugal, where five cases have been confirmed and more than a dozen probable cases have been identified.

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