The World Health Organization has no indication that the monkeypox virus has evolved, a senior executive at the U.N. agency stated on Monday, stressing that the endemic illness in west and central Africa has a tendency to remain stable.
Rosamund Lewis, chief of the smallpox secretariat that is part of the WHO Emergencies Programme, stated in a briefing that mutation rates for this virus are normally modest, but that genome sequencing of cases will aid in understanding the present outbreak.
Maria van Kerkhove, WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonoses director and technical lead on COVID-19, stated that the more than 100 suspected and confirmed cases during the latest outbreak in Europe and North America were not severe.
She answered, “This is a manageable situation.”
According to the WHO, the outbreaks are uncommon because they are occurring in places where the virus does not typically spread. Scientists are attempting to determine the cause of the infections and whether the virus has altered.