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Monkeypox Is A Global Health Emergency Says WHO

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According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the quickly expanding monkeypox outbreak is a global health emergency, the organization’s highest degree of alert.

The WHO designation of a “public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)” is intended to launch a coordinated global response and may make financing available for cooperation on the sharing of vaccinations and medications.

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Tedros told reporters that the expert committee’s members, who met on Thursday to discuss the prospective suggestion, were divided on the issue, with nine voting against and six in favor of the declaration. Tedros decided to break the tie, he said.

At a media event in Geneva, Tedros stated, “Although I am announcing a public health emergency of international significance, for the time being this outbreak is focused among males who have sex with men, especially those with several sexual partners.”

He continued, “Stigma and bigotry can be as harmful as any pathogen.”

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He said that, outside of Europe, where the WHO has classified the risk as high, monkeypox, which spreads through intimate contact and typically results in flu-like symptoms and pus-filled skin lesions, was a moderate danger worldwide.

However, the two sources told Reuters early on Saturday that Tedros had likely opted to support the highest warning level owing to worries about rising case rates and a lack of vaccines and treatments. Previously, Tedros had typically backed expert committee decisions.

More than 16,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported so far this year in more than 75 different countries, with five fatalities occurring in Africa.

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Outside of Africa, where it is prevalent, the viral disease has been mostly spreading in recent outbreaks among men who have intercourse with other men.

 

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