The first cluster of instances was discovered in the United Kingdom, where the first case was discovered on May 6, 2022, in a person having connections to Nigeria through travel .
For the first time outside of Central and West Africa, monkeypox was widely spread during the outbreak.
Cases began to be recorded from an expanding number of nations and locations starting on May 18, primarily from Europe but also from North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
The epidemic was upgraded to a global health emergency on July 23 when the World Health Organization (WHO) designated it as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
As of July 28th, there were a total of 20,846 confirmed cases.
Although many patients recover without the need for specialized care, there are no medications licensed especially to treat monkeypox.
However, in severe situations, patients can be given antiviral drugs meant to treat other illnesses. For instance, they might be given tecovirimat