Should Monkeypox be declared a health emergency? The WHO is preparing to convene a meeting to make a decision



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Should Monkeypox be declared a health emergency? The WHO is preparing to convene a meeting to make a decision

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to convene a meeting to decide whether to declare Monkeypox a global health emergency.

The WHO will convene an emergency meeting on June 23. The official announcement was made on Tuesday. The meeting will be attended by experts.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that monkeypox is spreading in many European countries besides Africa.

“The monkeypox outbreak is unusual and alarming. Because of that, it has been decided to convene an emergency committee in accordance with the International Health Regulation.

The meeting will be called next week. The meeting will be held to assess whether this is a public health emergency of international concern, “said Tedros Athanom, head of the World Health Organization.

The WHO declares a disease a health emergency only as a warning in the event of a serious health condition. Currently, only polio and Kovid 19 diseases have been declared WHO health emergencies.

Monkeypox has been confirmed in European countries such as the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Monkeypox, first detected in monkeys, later spreads to humans through close contact with the virus carrier. Monkeypox is usually endemic outside Africa.

Common symptoms of monkeypox are high fever, body aches, headaches, bloating, and fatigue. Without proper treatment, the disease usually resolves after two to four weeks.

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