The World Health Organization (WHO) declared to-day that “the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)”.
WHO Director General reportedly said “while the committee was unable to reach a consensus, he came to the decision after considering the five elements required on deciding whether an outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.”
“For the moment this is an outbreak that’s concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those who have multiple partners, that means that this is an outbreak that can be stopped with the right strategies in the right right groups,” the WHO director added.
Quoting the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CNN writes that the CDC describes PHEIC regulations as a “a legally binding agreement of 196 countries to build the capability to detect and report potential public health emergencies worldwide. IHR require that all countries have the ability to detect, assess, report, and respond to public health events.”
According the CNN, the US has 2,800 probable or confirmed cases of monkeypox in 44 states, DC and Puerto Rico. Globally, there are reportedly over 16,500 cases reported in 74 countries.