GENEVA | A first portrait of patients affected by the current outbreak of monkeypox cases is emerging, according to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The most common profile is that of a man under 40, living in Europe, who has sex with men, with rashes all over his body and fever.
This is only a rough portrait, the profile of which is representative of that of the majority of patients.
With 81.6% of the 6027 cases recorded in the world, Europe remains very far the region most affected by the current wave of monkeypox cases, detected in May outside the countries of central and western Africa where the virus is endemic.
Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain are the most affected countries in the world, with more than 1,000 cases each. France had 498 cases as of July 6, according to figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) 99.5% of patients who provided their sex are men, with a median age of 37, reveal the WHO statistics.
60% of sufferers who provided information about their sexual orientation — about a third of the total number of people affected — identify as homosexual, bisexual or other men with sexual orientation. sex with men, according to the report.
A distant cousin of smallpox, but considered much less dangerous, monkeypox usually clears up on its own within two to three weeks .
WHO Director Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on Wednesday that a WHO Emergency Committee meeting on the matter will be held no later than the week of July 18. .
At its previous meeting on June 23, the Committee declined to elevate the current surge in cases to rank of “public health emergency of international concern”, the organization's highest level of alert.