|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on June 25, 2022 at 1:00 AM|
WHO calls emergency meeting as more than 3,200 cases of monkeypox are confirmed
The current outbreak has resulted in almost 3,200 confirmed monkeypox cases and one fatality, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated on Thursday that there is a need for more surveillance in the broader community.
He went on to say that incidences in non-endemic nations were still primarily among males who had intercourse with men.
"Person-to-person transmission is ongoing and is likely underestimated," Dr. Tedros said at a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee.
The WHO scheduled the meeting of experts to discuss if to classify monkeypox a global health emergency; however, the agency stated that it did not expect any conclusions reached by its emergency committee to be announced until Friday.
WHO's highest level of notice is a "public health emergency of international concern"
Declaring monkeypox a global emergency means that the UN health agency deems the outbreak to be an "extraordinary event" and that the illness is likely to spread across additional borders, necessitating a worldwide response.
It would also elevate monkeypox to the same level as the COVID-19 epidemic and the ongoing polio eradication campaign.
Many experts are skeptical that such a proclamation would assist to stop the epidemic, given that the wealthy countries recording the most recent instances are already working hard to put an end to it.
In the latest epidemic, which began in May, 48 nations have reported cases.
For decades, monkeypox has plagued people in central and west Africa, where one strain of the illness kills up to 10% of those affected.
The illness found in Europe and abroad generally has a mortality rate of less than 1%, and no deaths outside of Africa have been documented.
According to Dr. Tedros, there have been about 1,500 probable cases of monkeypox in Central Africa this year, with 70 deaths.
The WHO director-general urged member nations to exchange viral information in order to assist the organization in its objective of assisting countries in controlling transmission.