There has been a surge in cases of Monkeypox with a report of 6,000 new cases, WHO sets an emergency meeting.
- Monkeypox is having a surge in the world.
- There is more than 6,000 reports of new cases.
- WHO is really tense about it and has set an emergency meeting.
- More than 58 countries across the world have reported new cases.
There has been a surge in cases of Monkeypox across the world. WHO is really worried about the resurgence and has called for an emergency meeting. WHO director- general addressed to the issue at a press meet on Wednesday. he said he is planning to reassemble the health regulations emergency committee about Monkeypox during the week of July 18 or sooner if it worsens.
According to the organization, more than 6,000 cases reports, 58 countries have these active cases. It is likely an underestimate. The director general says that there is a possibility of a significant number of cases of not being count as testing is a lot of work. Europe, as of now, has the most cases. It has more than 80% of the cases.
The WHO experts have said if the situation worsens, they will declare it as global health emergency, which is the highest level of alert.
Monkeypox might be declared as an emergency
Last month the WHO informed a committee of experts to decide if the outbreak of the virus constitutes a public health emergency of international concern(PHEIC). It is the highest alarm that the WHO can raise. But the majority of the experts thought the situation has not crossed the threshold. The director general said in the press conference that they continue to be concerned by the scale and the spread of the Monkeypox.
Cases are appearing in countries not previously infect and the numbers are being reporting in the places where the virus is already there. There is WHO’s 16 member emergency committee on Monkeypox. It is led by Jean- Marie Okwo- Bele from the DR of Congo who was also the former member of WHO’s department of Vaccines and Immunization.
The symptoms of Monkeypox include swollen lymph nodes, blistery chickenpox-like rash and high fever. Terdos said that the WHO is working with the countries and manufacturers of vaccines to coordinate the distribution of vaccines, which has a scarcity and need to be accessible to the most people at risk.
However, The WHN, World Health Network, has informed last month that they are going to declare that the ongoing Monkeypox outbreak a pandemic. The outbreak is expanding faster across the continents and will not stop without global action.