WHO set to decide next week if monkeypox represents health emergency

WHO set to decide next week if monkeypox represents health emergency

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The monkeypox outbreak worldwide can be described as “clearly unusual and concerning”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated on Tuesday when he announced the convening of an emergency group next week examine whether this outbreak is an emergency in public health that is of international significance.

In the first quarter of this year, more than 1,600 confirmed cases and more than 1500 possible cases of the virus have been reported to World Health Organisation (WHO) from 39 countries, including seven countries where monkeypox has been identified for many years, as well as 32 countries with a recent outbreak, Ghebreyesus told a media briefing.

Furthermore, to date this year 72 deaths have been confirmed from countries that were previously affected.

There have been no deaths recorded so far from newly affected countries, but the WHO is trying to confirm information from Brazil concerning a monkeypox related death.

The widespread monkeypox outbreak is unique and alarming. This is why I’ve decided to convene the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations in the coming week to determine if this outbreak constitutes an outbreak of public health that is of international significance the doctor declared.

According to the WHO, even though outbreaks of diseases and other public health risks can be unpredictably and need a variety of solutions The International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) offer an overarching legal framework that establishes the rights of countries and obligations when dealing with public health emergencies and other events which could transcend borders.

IHR IHR is an international treaty that is legally binding for all 196 nations, including the 194 WHO member states.

The WHO released interim guidelines for the use of smallpox vaccinations for monkeypox.

Ghebreyesus stated that the world health organization does not recommend mass vaccination against monkeypox.

“While smallpox vaccinations are thought to offer some protection against monkeypox, there are only a few research data and a limited supply, ” he stated, adding that any choice regarding the use of vaccines must be taken jointly by people who could be at risk, as well as their health care provider and based on an evaluation of benefits and risks on a case-by-case basis.

Ghebreyesus explained that the goal of WHO is to assist countries in assisting them to limit the spread of monkeypox and end the spread of the disease using tried and tested methods of public health, such as surveillance, contact tracing, and the isolation of patients with the virus.

He said it’s important to raise awareness of risks and to take actions to prevent transmission to the groups most at risk such as those who have had sexual relations with other men as well as their close relationships.

It’s equally important that vaccines are accessible in a fair manner when they’re necessary. In this regard, WHO is working closely with our Member States and partners to create a system that will ensure equal access to vaccines as well as treatments, he explained.

The WHO is working in collaboration with experts and partners from all over the world to change the Monkeypox, the virus’ clades, and the disease it spreads.

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