Monkeypox spreads to 12 countries including US, Canada and Australia

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More than 80 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in at least 12 countries according to World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO has said another 50 suspected cases are being investigated – without naming any countries – and warned that more cases are likely to be reported.

Infections have been confirmed in nine European countries, as well as the US, Canada and Australia.

Monkeypox is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa.

Monkey pox is a rare viral infection which is usually mild and from which most people recover in a few weeks, according to the UK’s National Health Service.

The virus does not spread easily between people and the risk to the wider public is said to be very low.

There is no specific vaccine for monkeypox, but a smallpox jab offers 85% protection since the two viruses are quite similar.

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