WHO announces “emergency meeting” on monkeypox

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The Director-General of the World Health Organization said, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: "An outbreak of monkeypox is unusual and alarming. For this reason, I have decided to hold a meeting of the emergency committee under international health rules next week, to assess whether this outbreak represents a health emergency of international concern.".

The emergency committee will meet on June 23 to discuss the classification of the disease, which is the highest level warning that the United Nations organization can issue.

Ghebreyesus added: "Working World Health Organization Also with partners and experts from all over the world to change the name of the virus monkeypox and the disease it causes. We will announce the new names as soon as possible"according to Agence France-Presse.

A few months ago, monkeypox was generally confined to West and Central Africa.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization stated, "This year, the WHO has reported 1,600 confirmed cases and 1,500 suspected cases from 39 countries, of which the virus has appeared in 32 recently.".

He noted that while 72 deaths were reported in countries where monkeypox was endemic, no deaths were recorded in countries where it had recently appeared.

but "The World Health Organization is seeking to verify news reports from Brazil of a death linked to the disease".

To combat the global spread, the World Health Organization recommends "With tried and tested public health tools, including surveillance, contact tracing, and isolation of infected patients".

But the organization does not recommend a universal vaccination against monkeypox, after the European Union announced, on Tuesday, that it had purchased nearly 110,000 doses of vaccine.

Ghebreyesus said: "While smallpox vaccines are expected to provide some protection against monkeypox, clinical data and supplies are limited".

He continued: "Any decision about the use of vaccines must be made jointly by at-risk individuals and health care providers, based on an assessment of risks and benefits, on a case-by-case basis.".

He stressed that vaccinations should be "Fairly available wherever needed"He stressed that the World Health Organization is working with its member states "To develop a mechanism for equitable access to vaccines and treatments".

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The Director-General of the World Health Organization said, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: “An outbreak of monkeypox is unusual and worrying. For this reason, I have decided to convene a meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations next week, to assess whether this outbreak constitutes a health emergency of international concern.”

The emergency committee will meet on June 23 to discuss the classification of the disease, which is the highest level warning that the United Nations organization can issue.

Ghebreyesus added: “It works World Health Organization Also with partners and experts from all over the world to change the name of the virus monkeypox and the disease it causes. We will announce the new names as soon as possible,” AFP reported.

A few months ago, monkeypox was generally confined to West and Central Africa.

And the Director-General of the World Health Organization stated, “This year, the organization was informed of 1,600 confirmed cases, and 1,500 suspected cases from 39 countries, of which the virus appeared in 32 recently.”

He noted that while 72 deaths were reported in countries where monkeypox was endemic, no deaths were recorded in countries where it had recently appeared.

But “the World Health Organization is seeking to verify news reports from Brazil, of a death related to the disease.”

To combat the global spread, the WHO recommends “tried and tested public health tools, including surveillance, contact tracing, and isolation of infected patients.”

But the organization does not recommend a universal vaccination against monkeypox, after the European Union announced, on Tuesday, that it had purchased nearly 110,000 doses of vaccine.

“While smallpox vaccines are expected to provide some protection against monkeypox, clinical data and supplies are limited,” Ghebreyesus said.

He continued, “Any decision about the use of vaccines should be taken jointly by at-risk individuals and health care providers, based on an assessment of risks and benefits, on a case-by-case basis.”

He stressed that vaccines should be “equitably available wherever needed,” stressing that the World Health Organization is working with its member states “to develop a mechanism for equitable access to vaccines and treatments.”

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