Here We Go Again? WHO Looks Set to Declare Monkeypox a 'Global Health Emergency'

Here We Go Again? WHO Looks Set to Declare Monkeypox a 'Global Health Emergency'


(AFP) – Faced with a surge in monkeypox cases, the head of the World Health Organization is Saturday expected to declare if the agency has decided to classify the outbreak as a global health emergency — the highest alarm it can sound.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will address a virtual press conference at 1300 GMT, the WHO announced in a statement late Friday.

It did not reveal what would be announced.

Monkeypox has affected over 15,800 people in 72 countries, according to a tally by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published on July 20.

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A surge in monkeypox infections has been reported since early May outside the West and Central African countries where the disease has long been endemic.

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