The World Health Organization (WHO) is reportedly weighing declaring Monkeypox as a public health emergency, following rising cases across 39 nations mostly outside of Africa.
The director-general of WHO will convene an emergency committee on June 23rd, 2022 to assess the Monkeypox situation and decide whether or not to declare it as a public health emergency of international concern, according to international media.
A public health emergency denotes a communicable disease that poses a risk of spreading across borders. In the last decade, WHO has declared public health emergencies six times: the bird flu outbreak in 2009, the Ebola outbreak in western Africa from 2013 to 2016, the polio outbreak in 2014, the Zika outbreak in 2016, another Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Tongo in 2019, and lastly the Covid-19 outbreak in 2022.
As of now, WHO has confirmed over 1,600 cases of monkeypox, with more than 1,500 people in 39 countries at risk. 32 countries are outside Africa. 72 patients have died from Monkeypox in Africa so far while the disease is already classified as endemic there.
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