For the WHO, the current outbreak of monkeypox cases is described as “worrying” and could quickly become an “international public health emergency”.
The current surge in cases is “unusual and worrying”said the director of the world organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a press conference held this Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
In this context, a meeting of the WHO Emergency Committee will be organized on June 23, 2022 to assess whether monkeypox represents an “international public health emergency”.
WHO notes 72 deaths in Africa
By the end of last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) had detected 1,285 cases in 28 countries and 1,536 suspected cases (59 confirmed) in African countries, including 72 deaths. No deaths have been reported outside of Africa.
Until now, the WHO assessed the risk at the global level as moderate, but now the indicators are forcing global health authorities to reassess the level of vigilance.
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European countries such as Iceland and Greece are reporting additional new cases and adding to the list of affected countries. Brazil also announced its second case of the Monkeypox virus, in an adult who had recently traveled to Spain. The first case in Brazil had also reported recent travel to Spain and Portugal.