By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) saw another 1,000 total monkeypox cases in the past month, rising from 2,591 cases on July 5 to 3,567 on August 9, according to the World Health Organization.

Monkeypox Image/CDC

The monkeypox death toll in DRC has also risen to 132 through Aug. 9.

WHO notes that one major challenge in the DRC to the current emergency include acquiring the required funding to respond to all the multiple ongoing outbreaks in the country, which include Ebola, COVID-19, cholera and others.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs throughout remote parts of Central and West Africa, often near tropical rainforests. It is spread through contact with the monkeypox virus from an animal or human (alive or dead) or with materials contaminated with the virus.

Symptoms begin with fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and exhaustion, and is followed by a rash. Patients are usually ill for 2-4 weeks. Monkeypox is fatal in as many as 10% of people who get it.