Cases of smallpox, a benign but very rare disease in Europe, may be on the rise in the Old Continent in the summer of 2022. of the WHO. 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 reported 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
Moreover, according to Hans Henri Kluge, all this could be threatened to become more important in the coming weeks.
In particular, he warned against the spread of the virus during festivals and other major gatherings scheduled throughout the summer.
The health authorities remain reassuring
Nevertheless, the health authorities are generally reassuring. Transmission between people of “monkeypox” another name for smallpox, “May be stopped in non-endemic countries”This was stated on March 23 by a WHO official.
In addition, the European Center for Disease Control has indicated that the risk of widespread spread of this disease in the population was “very weak”.