Monkeypox Virus Spreads in Africa, Raising Concerns

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Monkeypox, which has been affecting developing countries for years, is currently spreading in non-endemic countries in Africa, raising concerns, according to the World Health Organization.

Eight countries in Africa have reported cases of monkeypox including Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Cameroon and the Republic of Congo, WHO Africa director Matshidiso Moeti said Thursday in an online briefing.

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Cameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in Central Africa and West Africa.

Cameroon is home to over 250 native languages spoken by nearly 25 million people. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884 known as Kamerun. In 1960, the French-administered part of Cameroon became independent. The southern part of British Cameroons federated with it in 1961 to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. The federation was abandoned in 1972. The country was renamed the United Republic of Cameroon in 1972 and the Republic of Cameroon in 1984.

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The largest cities in population-terms are Douala on the Wouri River, its economic capital and main seaport, Yaoundé, its political capital, and Garoua.

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Kinshasa, DR Congo, the DROC, or simply either Congo or the Congo, and historically Zaire, is a country in Central Africa. The capital is Kinshasa.

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