In Europe and the United States, people who have been infected with or suspected of being infected with the infectious disease "monkeypox", which has symptoms similar to smallpox, have been reported one after another, and new cases have been confirmed in Canada and Australia.

Health authorities in each country are investigating the route of infection and are becoming more vigilant about the spread of the infection.

Monkeypox is a viral infection mainly found in Africa, which has increased to nine by the 18th of this month after the British health authorities announced the outbreak on the 7th of this month, and the United States on the 18th. But the CDC = Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced patient confirmation.

In addition, on the 19th, Canadian health officials revealed that two cases were confirmed for the first time in the country, and that one case was also confirmed in Australia.

The patient is a man in his thirties who recently returned from the United Kingdom, with mild symptoms and already isolated at a medical institution.

According to the Associated Press and the media of each country, in addition to this

, 14 people in Portugal

▽ 7 people in Spain

▽ 1 person each in Italy, Sweden and Belgium

Infection was confirmed, and cases of suspected infection were reported in France as well. It has been.

Reports of infection have spread to Europe, the United States, Canada, and Australia, but it is not currently known in detail whether they are related to cases of infection in each country.

WHO = The World Health Organization is calling on countries to strengthen their readiness to detect patients early and to quickly track people who come into contact with them, and health authorities in each country are investigating the route of infection and spreading the infection. I am becoming more vigilant.

Chief Cabinet Secretary "Infection has not been confirmed in Japan, but the outbreak trend is monitored."

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno said at a press conference in the afternoon about monkeypox: "In severe cases, it is clinically difficult to distinguish from smallpox, and the case fatality rate of monkeypox in humans is about 1% to 10%. All of the monkeypox are subject to notification as "Class 4 infectious diseases" under the Infection Law. "

In addition, "Currently, no infection has been confirmed in Japan, but in the future, we will provide information to local governments to strengthen surveillance. We will continue to work with WHO = World Health Organization to understand the infection status. At the same time, we will monitor the outbreak trends and take necessary measures based on the Infectious Diseases Control Law. "