WHO to meet to decide whether to declare monkeypox smallpox as a global health emergency


The World Health Organization will decide on Thursday whether to declare the monkey’s smallpox a global health emergency, sparking criticism from renowned African scientists, who say it has been a crisis in their region for years.

The WHO has been criticized in the past for its slow response to the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

A “public health emergency of international interest” is the highest level of alert in the WHO. The agency does not declare pandemics, but began using the term to describe COVID-19 in March 2020.

Monkeypox is not nearly as easy to spread as COVID, and there are vaccines and treatments available, unlike coronavirus when it came out. However, it did raise concerns.

The number of cases in the current outbreak outside Africa has exceeded 3,000 in more than 40 countries, according to a Reuters count.

The first case of smallpox in Romania was announced on June 13. Since then, 4 more cases have been confirmed.

The viral disease, which causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions, is endemic in parts of Africa. The continent has reported just over 1,500 suspicious cases since the beginning of 2022, of which 66 were fatal, according to official data.

For the most important news of the day, broadcast in real time and presented equidistantly, LIKE our Facebook page!

Follows Mediafax on Instagram to see spectacular images and stories from around the world!

The content of the website www.mediafax.ro is intended exclusively for your personal information and use. It is prohibited republishing the content of this site in the absence of an agreement from MEDIAFAX. To obtain this agreement, please contact us at [email protected]


Source: Mediafax by www.mediafax.ro.

*The article has been translated based on the content of Mediafax by www.mediafax.ro. If there is any problem regarding the content, copyright, please leave a report below the article. We will try to process as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the author. Thank you very much!

*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.

*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article.If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!