As the global outbreak of monkeypox continues, two more countries have confirmed cases.
Previous cases outside of Africa have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, and elsewhere in recent weeks.
While the UK Health Security Agency announced that the number of cases in the country has risen to 20, Germany and Belgium have both confirmed the presence of the smallpox-like disease.
The medical service of Germany’s armed forces confirmed finding a single case of the “virus beyond doubt for the first time in Germany on May 19 in a patient with characteristic skin lesions.”
Belgian health officials confirmed two cases of the viral disease.
According to a Flemish broadcaster, both were discovered in men who had attended the same party.
Spanish health officials confirmed 14 new cases earlier today, bringing the total to 21, mostly in and around Madrid.
Another 20 cases are suspected, 19 in Madrid’s central region and one in the Canary Islands.
Italy has also confirmed two new infections, bringing the country’s total to three.
Smallpox vaccine is being offered to UK health workers who have been exposed to the virus.