Rare monkeypox infections discovered in several European countries

Seven cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in London and the north east of England, only one of which was linked to travel abroad, health officials said. Current evidence suggests the rare disease may now be spreading in the local community, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

This viral spread, if it occurs, could potentially extend beyond the UK and affect people in other countries, US health officials warned on Tuesday (May 17). according to STAT† These concerns were confirmed on Wednesday, when two more European countries announced suspected and confirmed cases of the disease, STAT reported on May 18. These countries include Spain, where eight possible cases are under investigation, and Portugal, where five have been confirmed and more than a dozen possible cases have been identified.

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