Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2022. 11:50 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene an emergency committee to discuss if “Monkeypox” is a ‘public health emergency of international concern’.
The meeting is scheduled for June 23, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu announced today.
“It’s now clear there is an unusual situation, meaning the virus is behaving unusually from how it used to behave in the past. It’s affecting more and more countries, and we believe that it needs some coordinated response because of the geographic spread,” Adhanom Ghebreyesu said.
At this time, WHO emergency committees only exist for COVID-19 and polio.
Health experts say that the calling of an emergency committee means that there is much to be concerned about with the increase of monkeypox cases being reported.
Officials say that the meeting will lay out a strategy that include research and treatment of patients.
As of today, over 1600 monkeypox cases have been reported in 32 countries.
Seventy-two deaths had been reported in countries where monkeypox is already endemic.
The WHO does not recommend mass vaccination at this time.
Experts are still trying to figure out exactly how the virus is spreading.
Monkeypox is transmitted from human to human through close contact, which may include sex. However, monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease.
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