monkey pox was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), which added that the spreading outbreak in more than 70 countries was an “extraordinary” situation.
The UN health agency’s statement could spur further investment in treatment the once rare disease — and also exacerbate the scramble for scarce vaccines.
Even though monkey pox Established in parts of central and west Africa for decades, it was not known to be triggering major outbreaks beyond the continent or spreading widely among humans until authorities discovered dozens of epidemics in Europe, North America and elsewhere in May.
Declaring a global emergency means that Outbreak of monkeypox is an “extraordinary event” that could spread to more countries and requires a coordinated global response.
The WHO has previously declared emergencies for public health crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic, West Africa’s 2014 Ebola outbreak, the Zika virus in Latin America in 2016, and ongoing polio eradication efforts.
The declaration of emergency serves primarily as a plea to direct more global resources and attention to an outbreak.
BBC News reported that more than 16,000 cases have now been reported from 75 countries.
The Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the emergency committee could not reach a consensus on whether the Monkeypox Outbreakk should be classified as a global health emergency.
However he said the breakout had quickly spread around the world and he had concluded that it was indeed of international concern.
The declaration of emergency serves above all as a plea for more global resources and attention to be drawn to one outbreak.
Previous announcements have had mixed effects as the UN health agency is largely powerless to push countries into action.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20416380.monkeypox-declared-global-emergency/?ref=rss Monkeypox has been declared a global emergency by the WHO