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WHO declares Monkeypox a global health emergency

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency on Saturday as the pandemic has expanded throughout the globe in recent months.

A committee was unable to agree on the severity of the outbreak, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, but still chose to declare an emergency. Before spreading nearly everywhere in the world, the disease started to spread in a few European nations. WHO is concerned about it despite the fact that it has not yet spread as much as the coronavirus.

According to WHO, the designation indicates that a concerted international response is necessary to stop the outbreak from spreading and turning into a pandemic. WHO will offer member states instructions and recommendations on how to tackle the virus as part of the proclamation.

According to Tedros, the risk is "moderate" worldwide but "high" in Europe in particular. According to data from the WHO, there have been approximately 16,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox this year in 74 nations. Five deaths as a result of the cases, all in Africa. More than 2,000 instances have been reported in 43 states across the United States. The Biden administration declared earlier this month that it was releasing approximately 150,000 extra doses of a monkeypox vaccine from the national stockpile to fight increasing cases.

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