The World Health Organization (WHO) assured Monday that it does not fear for the moment that the spread of the monkeypox virus beyond African countries could trigger a global pandemic.
Asked during a briefing about the possibility of a global pandemic, the WHO’s leading monkeypox expert, Rosamund Lewis, replied: “At this time, we are not concerned about a global pandemic“. “It is still possible to stop this epidemic before it spreadsMs Lewis insisted. Since Britain first reported a confirmed case of monkeypox on May 7, almost 400 cases have been reported to the WHO in nearly 20 countries usually not affected by this virus. The WHO expressed concern about this “unusual situation“, but reiterated that there was no reason to panic.