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  • WHO is supporting African countries to strengthen monkeypox surveillance and response actions

    31 May 2022

    Brazzaville, 31 May 2022 – Seven African countries have cumulatively reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) nearly 1400 monkeypox cases (1392 suspected, 44 confirmed) so far this year. This case count is for the year up until mid-May and is based on preliminary reports.

    The cases have been reported from Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone. The number of cases in 2022 are slightly fewer than half of cases reported in 2021.

    ... “We must avoid having two different responses to monkeypox – one for Western countries which are only now experiencing significant transmission and another for Africa,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “We must work together and have joined-up global actions which include Africa’s experience, expertise and needs. This is the only way to ensure we reinforce surveillance and better understand the evolution of the disease, while scaling up readiness and response to curb any further spread.” ...

    Seven African countries have cumulatively reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) nearly 1400 monkeypox cases (1392 suspected, 44 confirmed) so far this year. This case count is for the year up until mid-May and is based on preliminary reports.
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