Monkeypox outbreak global health emergency: WHO

spreading fast monkeypox outbreak The alert, at the highest level of the World Health Organization (WHO), represents a global health emergency, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Saturday.

The WHO label – a “public health emergency of international concern” – is designed to sound the alarm that a coordinated international response is needed and could unlock funding and global efforts to collaborate on the sharing of vaccines and treatments. .

Members of an expert committee that met on Thursday to discuss a possible recommendation were divided on the decision, two sources who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters The first, but final decision falls on the Director-General of the United Nations Agency.

Announcing his decision to declare a health emergency during a media briefing in Geneva, Tedros confirmed that the committee had failed to reach a consensus, with nine members in favor of the declaration and six in favor.

Previously, Tedros has generally supported the expert committee’s recommendations, but sources said that he had raised the highest alert level due to concerns about rising case rates and short supplies of vaccines and treatments, despite a lack of majority opinion. had decided to return.

Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown law professor in Washington DC, who follows the WHO, said he appreciated the agency’s political bravery.

“It does nothing but burn the stature of the WHO. The correct outcome is clear – not declaring a state of emergency at this point would be a historic missed opportunity.”

So far this year, more than 16,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 75 countries and there have been five deaths in Africa.

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The viral disease – which is spread by close contact and causes flu-like symptoms and pus-filled skin sores – has been spreading primarily among men who have sex with men in recent outbreaks, outside of Africa. where it is local.

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