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WHO: Monkeypox is Public Health Emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) is reportedly considering whether the current global Monkeypox outbreak constitutes a public health emergency. Quoting the WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, CNN writes that he wants to take up the issue soon.

On monkeypox, I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus. Across the world, there has now been more than 6,000 cases recorded in 58 countries.

– WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (source: CNN Health)

According to the WHO, the public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) is defined as “an extraordinary event” that constitutes a “public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease” and that may “potentially require a coordinated international response.”

Dr Ghebreyesus further added “Testing remains a challenge, and it’s highly probable that there are a significant number of cases not being picked up. Europe is the current epicenter of the outbreak, recording more than 80% of cases globally.”

“I want to particularly commend those that are sharing videos online via social media channels, talking about their symptoms and experiences with monkeypox,” Dr Ghebreyesus said. “This is a positive way to break down the stigma about a virus that can affect anyone.”

According to the recent data published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, about 41,500 courses of monkeypox vaccine Jynneos have been distributed to states across the US.