Monkeypox now a public health emergency, says WHO; over 16K cases so far | World News

Monkeypox now a public health emergency, says WHO; over 16K cases so far | World News

Monkeypox cases have been reported from over 70 countries, the world health body said. 

With over 16,000 cases reported from 75 countries and territories, monkeypox is now a public health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The risk of monkeypox “is moderate globally and in all regions”, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

He, however, also added that in the European region, the risk has been assessed to be high. The cases have been spreading in non-endemic nations since May. The virus was confined for decades to the African continent.

“There is also a clear risk of further international spread, although the risk of interference with international traffic remains low for the moment. So in short, we have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little and which meets the criteria in the International Health Regulations. For all of these reasons, I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” the WHO chief underlined.

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