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WHO opts not to declare monkeypox a ‘public health emergency’

The World Health Organization on Saturday decided not to declare the ongoing monkey outbreak as an “international public health emergency” after an emergency committee meeting.

The World Health Organization says cases of monkeys have been reported in 50 countries. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was very concerned about the spread of the monkey.

“Clearly, this is an evolution of the health threat that my colleagues and I are following very closely in the WHO Secretariat,” he wrote in a note. “Our collective attention and coordinated action now requires further stopping the spread of the monkey virus by using public health measures such as surveillance, contact tracing, isolation and care of patients, and ensuring the availability of health tools for at-risk populations and vaccines and treatments. ».

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the risk of monkey pox in the U.S. is low for the public, but you should avoid contact with others if you create a skin rash.

Symptoms of monkeypox are common in rash, fever, discomfort, headache, and muscle aches.

The CDC said in 2022, 200 cases of monkey pox were reported in the United States. The UK is the world leader with 910 cases.

While the monkey has been spreading across Africa for a long time, Dr. Tedros said his concerns are due to the virus circulating in areas where he has no case.

“The current outbreak is of particular concern to the continued spread to new countries and regions and the risk of further and lasting transmission to vulnerable populations including immunocompromised people, pregnant women and children,” he said.

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