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In recent weeks, the world has been on the brink of possibly turning monkeypox into the next pandemic. Leading WHO adviser Dr. David Heymann suggested a possible cause of the unprecedented outbreak of a rare disease in developed countries.
Dr. Heymann believes that monkeypox was spread at two mass sex parties for gay and bisexual men held in Spain and Belgium. Monkeypox is transmitted by close contact with affected skin of a sick person and sexual contact maximizes the risk of infection.
Heymann's claim was echoed by Dr Susan Hopkins of the UK Health Security Agency, who said that a significant number of recent cases infections in the UK and Europe have been recorded among gays and bisexuals. The disease itself is not associated with sexual orientation and affects both men and women equally.
To date, WHO has registered more than 90 cases of monkeypox in the top ten countries, including Canada, Spain, Israel, France, Switzerland, USA and Australia.
WHO expects an increase in the incidence of monkeypox in Europe due to massive summer festivals and parties.
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