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WHO calls emergency meeting as monkeypox cases cross 100 in Europe

Cause still unclear for rare outbreak of viral disease outside Africa

An electron microscopic image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virus particles as well as crescents and spherical particles of immature virions, obtained from a clinical human skin sample associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak.    © Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) -- The World Health Organization was due to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the recent outbreak of monkeypox, a viral infection more common to West and Central Africa, after more than 100 cases were confirmed or suspected in Europe.

In what Germany described as the largest outbreak in Europe ever, cases have been reported in at least eight European countries -- Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom -- as well as the United States, Canada and Australia.

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