Monkeypox, WHO: it is a global health emergency | “We still don’t understand how it spreads”
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Monkeypox, WHO: it is a global health emergency | “We still don’t understand how it spreads”

To counter the spread of the virus, coordination between different countries will be necessary.

Monkeypox is a global health emergency. This was stated by the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. This is the WHO’s highest level of alert that identifies an “extraordinary event” that could extend to multiple countries and that requires a coordinated global response.

Declaring a global emergency means that the monkeypox epidemic is an “extraordinary event” that could span multiple countries and requires a coordinated global response. In the past, WHO has declared emergencies for public health crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, the Zika virus in Latin America in 2016 and ongoing efforts to eradicate polio.

The mode of transmission is unclear – Monkeypox has spread rapidly around the world through new modes of transmission that we understand too little about: for this reason it is necessary to declare a global emergency. This was stated by the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that he decided to release this statement despite the lack of consensus among the members of the emergency committee. It was the first time that the head of the UN health agency has taken such action. “I know that this was not an easy or straightforward process and that there are divergent opinions among the member countries” of the WHO emergency committee, Tedros acknowledged.