In its latest situation report on mpox today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said cases since its last update on Jan 5 have risen 1%, and, of 11 countries reporting increases, the largest was in Mexico.
Over the past 2 weeks, 790 new cases were reported, mostly from the Americas region, including 59 from Mexico. Of 110 countries that have reported cases, 78 have gone without a new case for 21 days, which is the maximum incubation period. The developments lifted the global mpox total to 84,773.
Four more deaths were reported, three in Peru and one in Chile, pushing the global fatality count to 80.
US deaths rise to 23
Meanwhile, other health groups also posted mpox updates. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported 46 more cases over the past week, along with 2 more deaths, raising the nation's total to 30,026 cases, 23 of them fatal.
Demetre Daskalakis, MD, deputy coordinator of the CDC's mpox response, said on Twitter yesterday that the nation is averaging about two cases a day, with a goal of driving daily cases down to zero. He added that the vaccine mission isn't done, with first and second vaccine doses needed for those who haven't gotten them and can benefit from them.
Elsewhere, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, in a joint surveillance update yesterday with the WHO European regional office, said over the past 4 weeks 166 more mpox cases have been reported from 14 European countries. More than half were reported by Spain, followed by Italy and Sweden.