Monkeypox has been confirmed in over 80 cases in at least 12 countries.
The World Health Organization is looking into another 50 possible cases. It did not say which countries were involved, but it did say that more cases were likely to be reported.
There have been confirmed infections in the United States, Canada, and Australia, as well as in nine European countries.
Monkeypox is particularly widespread in Central and West Africa’s rural areas.
According to the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, it is an uncommon viral infection that is usually mild and lasts only a few weeks.
The virus is difficult to spread between humans, and the risk to the general public is considered low.
There is no specific vaccine for monkeypox, but because the virus is similar to smallpox, a smallpox shot protects 85 percent of the time.
So far, public health agencies in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and Sweden have confirmed cases.
The WHO said in a statement on Friday that the new outbreaks are rare because they are happening in places where the disease is not common.
It said that it is working with affected countries and others to increase disease surveillance so that people who may be affected can be found and helped.
The WHO also warned against making people or groups look bad because of the disease.
The report added It can be a barrier to ending an outbreak as it may prevent people from seeking care and lead to undetected spread.
“As we enter the summer season… with mass gatherings, festivals, and parties, I am concerned that transmission could accelerate,” WHO Europe regional director Hans Kluge warned.
He went on to say that all but one of the new patients had no relevant travel history to monkeypox-endemic locations.
On May 7, the first case of the disease was reported in the United Kingdom. The UK Health Security Agency says that the patient just got back from Nigeria, where they are thought to have gotten sick before coming to England.
Sajid Javid, who is in charge of health in the UK, says that there are now 20 confirmed cases.
The UK government said they had bought smallpox vaccine stockpiles and had started giving them to people who had been exposed to monkeypox more.
The Spanish newspaper El Pas says that in order to stop the spread of the disease, Spanish health officials have also bought thousands of smallpox vaccines.
The Victorian Department of Health says that the first case in Australia was found in a man who got sick after traveling to the UK.
In North America, health officials in the Massachusetts state verified that a man had been infected after visiting Canada recently. Officials stated he was in “excellent condition and posed no risk to the public.”