Jun 1, 2022 - Health

Portugal and Spain are at the center of the monkeypox outbreak as cases exceed 250

Confirmed new monkeypox cases outside of Africa
Note: Monkeypox is more common and locally transmitted in west and central Africa; Data: WHO, Axios reporting; Map: Axios Visuals

Spanish and Portuguese health authorities said Wednesday that the total confirmed cases of monkeypox across both nations have exceeded 250, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The Iberian Peninsula has served as the epicenter of the recent outbreak, which has swept across several European countries as well as the U.S. The emergence of the virus is notable as it is rarely found outside of Africa.

  • Spain has documented 142 cases, up from 132 the previous day. Portugal reports a total of 119 cases, also an increase from 100 the previous day.

The big picture: Transmission risk remains low globally, but health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have readied smallpox vaccines as a preventative measure.

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