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Monkeypox currently not a global health emergency, says WHO

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WHO Director-General  Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

SWITZERLAND: The World Health Organization’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Saturday that the Monkeypox outbreak was a deeply concerning evolving threat but did not currently constitute a global health emergency.

Tedros convened a committee of experts on Thursday to advise him whether to sound the UN health agency’s strongest alarm over the outbreak.

A surge of Monkeypox cases has been detected since early May outside of the West and Central African countries where the disease has long been endemic. Most of the new cases have been in Western Europe.

More than 3,200 confirmed cases and one death have now been reported to the WHO from more than 50 countries this year.

“The emergency committee shared serious concerns about the scale and speed of the current outbreak,” noting many unknowns about the spread and gaps in the data, Tedros said.

Tedros said the outbreak was “clearly an evolving health threat” that needed immediate action to stop further spread, using surveillance, contact-tracing, isolation and care of patients, and ensuring vaccines and treatments are available to at-risk populations.



Monday, June 27, 2022 – 01:00

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