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Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2022. 10:38 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it will reconvene its emergency panel on July 21 to decide whether the monkeypox outbreak constitutes a global health emergency, the International Business Times report.

To date, there are over 10,000 confirmed cases of the virus in 65 countries.

Experts are concerned about the recent increase in reported cases.

Since early May, a surge of cases has been reported outside the West and Central African countries where the disease has long been endemic.

Last month, the WHO convened an emergency committee of experts to decide if monkeypox constitutes a so-called Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) — the highest alarm that the WHO can sound.

At the time, experts advised that it did not meet the threshold.

WHO noted that the emergency committee will provide views on the recent surge in monkeypox cases and will propose temporary recommendations on how to better prevent and reduce the spread of the disease and manage the global public health response.

WHO also noted that the majority of the infections reported are in men who have sex with men and the UN agency is working closely with the LGBTQ community to tackle the stigma around the virus and help keep everyone safe.

 

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