Weekly Situation Report on Monkeypox Multi-Country Outbreak Response - Region of the Americas. 26 August 2022

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As of 24 August 2022,

  • Globally, 45,198 confirmed cases of monkeypox from 98 Member States: 51% in the European Region, 48% in the Region of the Americas, 1% in the Africa Region, <1% each in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Western Pacific Region, and South-East Asia Region (Figure 1).
    • 6,310 additional cases, 16% increase in the last 7 days
    • 98% (21,649/22,086) of cases with available data are male, the median age is 36 years. <1% (245/25,402) of cases with available age data are aged 0-17 years, including 59 cases aged 0-4 years. Males between 18-44 years old account for 79% of cases with available data.

  • In the Americas, 23,479 confirmed cases from 29 countries and territories. Four countries in the Region account for 95% of confirmed cases (United States of America, Brazil, Peru, and Canada).
    • 26% increase in confirmed cases in the last 7 days, and Aruba, Curacao, Guyana and Paraguay reported their first confirmed case.
    • Three deaths have been reported in the Region related to monkeypox (Brazil, Cuba, and Ecuador).
    • Most of the confirmed cases with available information (4,647/4,773) are male, aged 25 to 45 years old, and most (85%) self-identify as men who have sex with other men.
    • 7 countries in the Region have reported 49 confirmed cases among persons <18 years old (Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Canada, and Chile).
    • 708 (10%) of 6,776 cases with available information were hospitalized.
    • 84% of 2,103 cases in the Americas with available information are locally transmitted cases.

A group of global experts convened by WHO has agreed on new names for monkeypox virus variants, as part of ongoing efforts to align the names of the monkeypox disease, virus and variants – or clades – with current best practices. The experts agreed to name the clades using Roman numerals. https://bit.ly/3T4r80r