WHO: More than 6,000 monkeypox cases reported, emergency meeting scheduled

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Over 6000 cases of monkeypox According to the World Health Organization, the current outbreak is being reported from 58 countries.

The UN agency will reconvene a meeting of a committee that will advise declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest alert level, in the week starting July 18 or earlier, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a virtual press conference from Geneva.

At its previous meeting on 27 June, the committee decided that the outbreak, which has increased the number of cases both in African countries where it normally spreads, and globallyhas not yet been a public health emergency.

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“I remain concerned about the scale and spread of the virus around the world,” Tedros said, adding that the lack of testing means that there are likely many more cases not being reported.

According to him, about 80% of cases occur in Europe.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, pictured at a virtual press conference on 18 September 2022, it was announced that the WHO would reconvene a committee meeting that would make recommendations on declaring the outbreak a global health emergency.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, pictured at a virtual press conference on 18 September 2022, it was announced that the WHO would reconvene a committee meeting that would make recommendations on declaring the outbreak a global health emergency.
(Reuters/Johanna Geron/Pool/File Photo)

Monkeypox, a usually mild viral infection that causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions, has been spreading around the world since early May.

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The mortality rate from previous outbreaks in Africa of the strain currently spreading has been about 1%, but so far this outbreak appears to be less lethal in Africa. non-endemic countries.