Almost 20 thousand cases of monkeypox have been detected so far in Europe according to ECDC and WHO

A total of 19,429 cases of monkeypox have been detected according to official public sources in countries and areas throughout the European region, out of which 18,960 cases were reported from 36 countries to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe according to a joint surveillance bulletin.

So far Cyprus has reported three cases of monkeypox according to ECDC and the WHO.

According to the data reported to the ECDC and the WHO up to August 16th 2022, a total of 18,847 cases were laboratory confirmed out of the 18960 cases reported.

The majority of cases presented with a rash (77.1%) and systemic symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle pain, chills, or headache (65%).

The majority of cases were between 31 and 40 years-old (40%) and male (98.9%). Among cases with known HIV status, 38% were HIV-positive.

A total of 505 cases were hospitalised (5.8%), of which 179 cases required clinical care. Three cases were admitted to ICU, among whom one was admitted to ICU for reasons unrelated to monkeypox infection. The two other cases admitted to ICU were reported to have died of monkeypox. 57 cases were reported to be health workers, however no occupational exposure has been reported.

Source: Cyprus News Agency