Is monkeypox a global health emergency? The WHO will decide next week.

“It is clear now that there is an unusual situation, which means [that] “Even the virus is behaving in a strange way in the past,” Tedros told reporters on Tuesday.

In the US, yes reports 65 cases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said some people who have pox do not show the usual symptoms. The rash that accompanies monmoypox, says the CDC, is soft on certain parts of the body, making it difficult to diagnose.

Rosamund Lewis, WHO’s technical leader for monkeys, has confirmed this to be true in many overseas cases. But the disease is contagious and can be transmitted by an infected person until the outbreak subsides, he said.

Why it is important: An international public health emergency is a warning that governments are preparing their health care capabilities to respond to a circulating virus or disease.

It may also trigger international cooperation in response to ensuring that the disease is widespread so that it does not continue to spread.

Although monkeypox is not as contagious as Covid-19 and does not pose a significant risk of serious illness, the WHO is working to prevent the unequal distribution of vaccines and Covid-19 treatment that has left many poorer countries without it. access to months.

In the meantime, rich countries are placing orders for Jynneos’ Bavarian Nordic vaccine, which has been approved for smallpox and monopoly in the US and Canada.

The United States has ordered half a million volumes to be delivered by the end of the year and the European Union has ordered more than 100,000 doses in the coming months.

More volumes are under way, and, as the US has ordered more millions to be made from 2023 to 2025, using resources the government already has.

Is monkeypox a global health emergency? The WHO will decide next week.


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