Canada’s monkeypox outbreak showing ‘downward trend,’ WHO head says – CBC

Canada has a total of 1,228 monkeypox cases but the number of new cases has slowed

Aug 31, 2022

Canada’s “sustained, downward trend” of monkeypox cases is “encouraging” to see, as several countries in the Americas deal with increasing numbers of infections, the head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

“In the Americas, which accounts for more than half of reported cases, several countries continue to see increasing numbers of infections, although it is encouraging to see a sustained downward trend in Canada,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said at a press conference in Geneva.

Some European countries like Germany and the Netherlands are also seeing a “clear slowing” of the monkeypox outbreak, he added.

He says the drop in cases demonstrates “the effectiveness of public health interventions” as well as the tracking of infections and prevention of transmission.

“These signs confirm what we have said consistently since the beginning: That with the right measures, this is an outbreak that can be stopped,” the director-general said.

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