Monkeypox: WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he is very concerned about monkeypox. However, he also said that the disease has not yet reached the status of a global health emergency.
Many aspects of its cases are unusual in many countries, such as cases of monkeypox have been seen in countries where this virus has never been exposed before. The United Nations agency said, in reality, most cases have been seen in men who have sex with young men and were not vaccinated against smallpox.
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WHO said in a separate statement that although there are some differing views in the committee, but overall it is agreed that in this situation the disease is not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
Currently, only the coronavirus pandemic has got the label of”Global Emergency”. The WHO backtracked on the monkeypox case after it was consulted in a meeting with international experts.
Some WHO members have suggested that the risk of large-scale spread should not be overlooked given the low level of public immunity to protect against pox virus infection.
The Committee also emphasized that the monkeypox virus has been overlooked and not controlled for years in the countries of the WHO African Region.
The outbreak of monkeypox is increasing rapidly in the world. So far this dangerous virus has spread in 48 countries of the world. So far, more than 3,200 cases have been reported.
So far this year, about 1,500 cases have been reported in Central Africa and 70 have died.
Monkeypox is a viral disease with flu-like symptoms. This disease is spreading more and more in men.
Vaccines and treatments are available for monkeypox, although their supply is limited.
Some global health experts said, at this time this incident is not a public health emergency of international concern, which is the highest level of alert issued by WHO. The Committee recognized that the holding of the meeting reflects the growing concern about the international spread of monkeypox.
Greg Gonsalves, associate professor of epidemiology at Yale University, told Reuters that he thinks the decision is ‘to the wrong track’. Gonsalves advised the committee, but he is not a member of the WHO.