After over 100 cases of monkey pox were confirmed across Europe, the World Health Organisation held an emergency meeting on 20 May, Friday, to discuss the recent outbreak.
A small cluster of monkeypox cases were detected in the UK in 2021; however, a recent surge in cases in countries in Europe such as Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, has put the health authorities including the World Health Organisation on alert.
The Indian Government asked officials to keep a close watch on Monkeypox situation abroad as well. They've asked to isolate sick passengers from affected countries and send their samples to NIV Pune for investigation.
There have also been cases in Canada and the US which confirmed its first case of monkeypox this year.
What we know so far is that is that monkey pox is a rare, but deadly viral infection that mostly occurs in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa.
Monkeypox can be transmitted through contact with skin lesions and droplets of a contaminated person. Currently, there is no specific treatment for monkeypox.