Monkeypox increases: WHO will decide again whether to declare an international emergency

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The World Health Organization (WHO) will meet for the second time this July 21 to analyze whether it is necessary to declare a international emergency due to the outbreak of monkeypox, when cases exceed 10,000 in more than 60 countries.

At the end of June, a first meeting of the same emergency committee did not consider it necessary to declare the measure yet, although it maintained the “moderate” risk from the outbreak. However, this Tuesday the director-general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusexpressed concern about the spread of the disease outside the countries where it is endemic.

“I stress once again that we must work to stop transmission and advise governments to establish contact tracing to monitor and contain the virus and provide assistance to people in isolation,” he expressed at a press conference in Geneva.

An international emergency is usually declared when a contagious disease expands through various regions in an uncontrolled manner and with it recommendations are adopted for governments to adopt preventive measures to stop its spread.

Europe continues to be the region most affected by the monkeypox outbreak, since it concentrates more than 80% of the cases, with United Kingdom in the lead, although infections are also increasing in the countries of central and western Africa, where the disease has been endemic for decades.

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