WHO, monkey pox emergency meeting… Review of ‘public health emergency’

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The World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting on the 23rd local time to consider whether to declare monkeypox as an ‘international public health emergency’.

According to AP and AFP news, the WHO held an emergency committee meeting made up of experts to discuss this issue, and they make recommendations to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who will make the final decision. .

However, the WHO said it does not expect the emergency committee to issue any decisions before 24 local time.

An international public health emergency is the highest level of alert issued by the WHO in relation to a global disease, currently applicable to COVID-19 and others.

In the case of COVID-19, an international public health emergency was declared at the end of January 2020 and has been maintained until now.

Monkey smallpox is a viral disease known to be endemic to some countries in Central and West Africa. Since May of this year, many infections and suspected cases have been reported in the United States and Europe.

Secretary-General Ghebreyesus said monkey pox has been confirmed in more than 40 countries, mostly in Europe.

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