WHO declares monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency after 16,836 cases


Director General of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Ghebreyesus  has declared a public health emergency over the global outbreak of monkeypox.

The WHO’s director-general declared the maximum emergency alert on Saturday morning.

The WHO committee had voted six “Yes” and eight “No” for declaring the infection a global public health emergency but the D.G used his veto power to declare the infection as a global emergency.

As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there had been 16,836 confirmed cases reported globally.

Currently, the public health emergency of international concern only applies to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing efforts to eradicate polio but monkey pox has now been added to it.

Concern has been increasing over the outbreak in recent weeks after more than 14,000 cases were reported.

Meanwhile, there’s been five fatalities recorded.


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