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Factbox: Monkeypox cases around the world

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Spain and Portugal have been among the main hotspots of the recent outbreak of the usually mild viral disease outside its endemic areas in parts of west and central Africa. (Photo by Reuters)

Nearly 20 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, with more than 100 confirmed or suspected infections mostly in Europe.

The outbreaks are raising alarm because monkeypox, which spreads through close contact and was first found in monkeys, mostly occurs in west and central Africa, and only very occasionally spreads elsewhere. read more

Below is a list of countries that have so far reported suspected or confirmed cases, in alphabetical order:


* AUSTRALIA on May 20 reported its first case in a traveller who recently returned from Britain. Another suspected case was also identified. read more

* AUSTRIA confirmed its first case on May 22. read more

* BELGIUM detected two cases on May 20. read more

* CZECH REPUBLIC detected its first case on May 24. read more

* DENMARK confirmed a second case on May 24, a day after the first. read more

* FINLAND discovered a "highly likely" first case, Helsinki hospital district said on May 25. read more

* FRANCE's number of confirmed cases rose to five on May 25. read more

* GERMANY has confirmed three cases, with the first registered on May 20. read more

* ITALY has confirmed six cases by May 25. It detected its first case on May 19. read more

* The NETHERLANDS reported its first case on May 20. It has since confirmed "several" more patients, without stating the exact number. read more

* PORTUGAL reported 10 new confirmed cases on May 25, bringing the total to 49. 

* SLOVENIA confirmed its first case on May 24. read more

* SPAIN confirmed seven new cases on May 25, bringing the country's total to 55. 

* SWEDEN confirmed its first case on May 19.

* SWITZERLAND reported its first confirmed case on May 21. read more

* The UNITED KINGDOM detected 14 new cases in England on May 24, taking the total of identified cases to 70. read more

Middle East

* ISRAEL confirmed its first case on May 21. read more

* The UNITED ARAB EMIRATES detected its first case on May 24, state news agency WAM reported. read more


* ARGENTINA reported its first suspected case on May 23. No cases are yet confirmed in South America. read more

* CANADA has confirmed 15 infections in the Quebec province as of May 24. The province's health department said more cases from other parts of the country were expected. read more

* The UNITED STATES has confirmed two cases, the first on May 18. A third case is suspected as of May 23. read more

(Source: Reuters)

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