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MONKEYPOX OFFICIALLY DECLARED A GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY – WHO

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. (PHEIC)

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This is the highest alarm that the WHO can issue over a disease, and the declaration was made following a meeting of an emergency committee held on 21 July.

However, members of the committee failed to reach a consensus on whether monkeypox should be called a PHEIC, thus Dr Tedros made the declaration himself.

They noted that as of 20 July this year, there have been 14,533 cases of monkeypox across 72 countries, along with 5 deaths.

They also highlighted the fast spread of the disease, with only 3,040 cases across 47 countries back in May.

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The disease has also been reported in countries that had never reported monkeypox.

Source: World Health Organization

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