Monkeypox outbreak a global public health emergency, World Health Organization director-general declares

Monkeypox outbreak a global public health emergency, World Health Organization director-general declares

Jul 23, 2022 by Fortune

Key Facts

  • "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," WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at an afternoon press conference announcing the decision.
  • In the meantime the outbreak grew from more than 3,000 cases in 47 countries to more than 16,000 cases in 75 countries and territories as of this week, with five deaths, Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
  • The risk of monkeypox to the global community is currently moderate, with the exception of Europe, where the majority of cases have occurred since May and where risk is high, Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
  • With smallpox declared eradicated by the WHO in 1980 and the vaccine for it, which works on monkeypox, no longer widely administered, the population has a low level of immunity against poxviruses, WHO officials have said.

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