In an update covering the past 2 weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that it has received reports of 323 new mpox cases and 11 more deaths.
Cases are slowly declining in most regions but with no clear downward trend in Africa, where the virus spreads with a mixed pattern of both human-to-human and zoonotic spillovers. Outside of Africa, countries continue to report sporadic cases and small clusters.
The Americas region reported the vast majority of the new cases over the past 3 weeks—408 of 442—with the Western Pacific reporting a rise over the same period with the addition of more cases from Japan and Taiwan. The WHO said epidemic curves show that Europe is headed toward the end of its outbreak, with levels declining more slowly in the Americas.
The new cases and deaths push the global totals to 86,496 and 111, respectively.
Of the 11 more deaths, 10 were in the Americas, including 5 in Peru, 4 in the United States, and 1 in Costa Rica. The only death reported outside of the Americas was from Belgium.
The new cases and deaths push the global totals to 86,496 and 111, respectively, from 110 countries.
The WHO declared a public health emergency for mpox in July 2022 following a surge in human-to-human cases, mainly in men who have sex with men, outside of areas in Africa where the virus has persistently infected humans due to ongoing zoonotic events. In February 2023, the WHO announced it was keeping the public health emergency of international concern in place for mpox due to sustained activity in some countries, along with gaps in detection and delayed reporting.