Increased cases prompt the WHO to declare monkeypox a global emergency

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The outbreak of monkeypox in more than 70 countries has been classified as an “emergency of international concern” by the WHO. An international response is needed because of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) designation of a “public health emergency of international concern.” This designation could allow funding and global efforts to collaborate on vaccine and treatment distribution.

Increasing awareness among doctors and hospitals, implementing protective measures in suspected cases, and educating the general public about infection prevention are all recommended for governments. Even though the WHO’s emergency committee was unable to agree on the declaration, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus decided to go ahead with it. Until now, no head of the UN health agency had ever done anything like this. During a press conference in Geneva, Tedros confirmed that the committee had not come to a decision. Nine members were against making the health crisis an international emergency, while six members were in favour.

As of Saturday, “we have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly through new modes of transmission about which we understand too little and that meets the criteria in international health regulations,” Tedros said. There are “differences of opinion” among the members of the committee, he said. “I know this has not been an easy or straightforward process.” Tedros says that there have been more than 16,000 cases reported from 75 countries and territories, and five deaths.

For decades, monkeypox has been present in parts of Central and West Africa, but it was not until May that authorities discovered dozens of epidemics in Europe, North America, and elsewhere that it had caused large outbreaks or spread widely among people. Since the virus that causes monkeypox is more dangerous and has been spreading throughout the African continent, no deaths from monkeypox have been documented elsewhere. Only a few cases of monkeypox have been reported in the continent’s countries, and these outbreaks haven’t usually crossed national borders. Monkeypox, on the other hand, is spreading among people who have no connection to animals and have not recently travelled to Africa in Europe, North America, and elsewhere.

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