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World Health Organisation Turns Down Monkeypox as a Global Threat

World Health Organisation

World Health Organisation

The World Health Organization (WHO) in its recent meeting has said that it is deeply concerned about the monkeypox widespread but it also has restrained itself from calling the disease a ‘Global Threat.”

In a meeting on Thursday WHO general director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and other experts, discussed the widespread monkeypox cases. The committee unanimously agreed to contain a wide spread of monkeypox. The meeting was chaired by Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, former Director of the WHO Vaccines and Immunisation Department.

The committee decided to use surveillance, contact-tracing, isolation and care of patients, and ensuring vaccines and treatments are available to at-risk populations.

A surge of monkeypox cases has been reported and one death over this year. The data was acquired from more than 50 countries. World Health Network has declared it a pandemic, however, Tedros said “the committee advised me that at this moment the event does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), which is the highest level of alert WHO can issue, but recognized that the convening of the committee itself reflects the increasing concern about the international spread of monkeypox.”



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