WHO: Monkeypox cases exceed 50,000 worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that more than 50,000 cases of monkeypox have been recorded worldwide.

According to the organization's monkeypox dashboard, there have been 50,496 cases and 16 deaths from 101 member countries this year.

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the virus was slowing in parts of Europe and the United States, 

adding that the drop in new infections showed the outbreak could be contained.

"In the Americas, which accounts for more than half of the reported cases, several countries are seeing increasing numbers of infections, 

although it is encouraging to see a sustained downward trend in Canada," he said Thursday.

"Some European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, are also seeing a clear slowdown in outbreaks, 

demonstrating the effectiveness of public health interventions and community engagement to track transmission and prevent transmission.

"These signs confirm what we've said consistently from the beginning: that with the right measures, this is an outbreak that can be stopped.