SOURCE: BBC NEWS
Israel and Switzerland are the latest countries to confirm cases of monkeypox, bringing the total number of nations reporting outbreaks to 14.
Both countries said they identified one infected person who had recently travelled, but Israel said it is investigating other suspected cases. More than 80 cases have been confirmed in the recent outbreak in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.
Monkeypox is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa.
This outbreak has taken scientists by surprise, but monkeypox does not tend to spread easily between people and the risk to the wider public is reported to be low.
According to the UK’s National Health Service, the illness is usually mild and most people recover in a few weeks, the World Health Organization WHO says another 50 suspected cases are currently being investigated and has caution that more infections are likely to be confirmed.
BBC says in a statement, the W.H.O said the recent outbreaks are unusual because they are occurring in countries where the disease is not endemic and it is still not clear why this unexpected outbreak is happening now.