WHO: Monkeypox Won’t Turn Into Pandemic, But Many Unknowns

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization’s top monkeypox expert said she doesn’t expect the hundreds of cases reported to date to turn into another pandemic.

But she acknowledged there are still many unknowns about the disease, including how exactly it’s spreading and whether the suspension of smallpox immunization decades ago may be speeding its transmission.

Dr. Rosamund Lewis said the WHO is investigating questions including whether monkeypox is spread via sex, in the air, and if people without symptoms can transmit the disease.

She said there’s still time to contain the current problem. On Monday, Congo reported 9 deaths and 465 cases this year. Nigeria reported its first monkeypox death this year and the U.K. reported 71 more cases.