The World Health Organization (WHO) addressed the rising cases of monkeypox in at least eight European countries — Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the UK — and explained more about the "rare viral disease." According to a statement, monkeypox is endemic to the tropical rainforests of Africa. However, all but one of the roughly 100 cases detected in Europe are not linked to travel to endemic countries. Monkeypox is mostly transmitted to humans from wild animals, but can be spread between humans. Most cases of monkeypox are mild and most of those infected will recover within weeks without treatment. Australia, Canada, and the U.S. are also among non-endemic countries that have reported cases of monkeypox. The U.S. detected its first case this year in Massachusetts and health authorities in New York City are investigating a possible case at a hospital in Manhattan.
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