The cases of smallpox, a benign but very rare disease in Europe, could become more and more numerous on the Old Continent this summer 2022. In any case, this is what Hans Henri Kluge, WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, says. He also explained that according to WHO data, the disease has been circulating in Europe since mid-April.
According to the WHO, between 13 and 26 May 2022, 106 cases of smallpox were recorded in the United Kingdom, and 49 in Portugal. In France, the health authorities said they had registered 17 cases.
Large gatherings conducive to the spread of the disease
But according to Hans Henri Kluge, these totals could become more important in the coming weeks.
In particular, he warned against the spread of the virus during festivals and other large gatherings scheduled throughout the summer.
The health authorities remain reassuring
Nevertheless, the health authorities want reassurance overall. Human transmission of “monkeypox” the other name for monkeypox, “May be stopped in non-endemic countries”said a WHO official on March 23.
In addition, the European Center for Disease Control has indicated that the risk of a widespread spread of this disease in the population is “Very weak.”