WHO declares monkeypox a global emergency; activate high alert in 47 countries.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, declared that “I have decided to declare a public health emergency of international scope.

The World Health Organization (WHO) activated its highest level of alert this Saturday to try to contain the outbreak of monkeypox and assured that it is now a global emergency  that has affected almost 17,000 people in 74 countries, its director announced . general. https://www.milenio.com/internacional/viruela-mono-oms-anuncia-emergencia-salud-global.general.

“I have decided to declare a public health emergency of international scope,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference, stating that the risk in the world is relatively moderate, except in Europe, where it is high. https://www.milenio.com/internacional/viruela-mono-oms-anuncia-emergencia-salud-global.


The director general of the WHO recalled that a month ago he had convened the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations to assess whether the multinational outbreak of monkeypox presented a public health emergency of international importance, but different points of view were presented.

“The committee resolved by consensus that the monkeypox outbreak did not represent a public health emergency of international concern.”

However, at that time there were three thousand cases that had been reported to the WHO from 47 countries and the outbreak has continued to grow and there are now more than 16 thousand cases reported in 75 countries and territories and five deaths. https://www.milenio.com/internacional/viruela-mono-oms-anuncia-emergencia-salud-global.

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Due to the above, another committee was reconvened on Thursday, to review the most recent data and after that meeting, but a consensus could not be reached on whether the monkeypox outbreak presented a public health emergency of international concern.

The reasons committee members gave for and against are set out in the report we are publishing today,” he explained. 

According to the International Health Regulations, five elements must be taken into account to decide whether an outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. 

  • First, the information provided by countries, which in this case shows that this virus has spread rapidly to many countries that have not seen it before.
  • Second, the three criteria for declaring a public health emergency of international concern under the International Health Regulations , which have been met.
  • Third, the advice of the Emergency Committee, which has not reached a consensus.
  • Fourth, scientific principles, evidence and other relevant information, which are currently insufficient and  leave many unknowns.
  • Fifth, the risk to human health, international spread, and the potential for interference with international traffic.

The WHO assessment is that the risk of monkeypox is moderate globally and in all regions except the European region where we assess the risk as high.

There is also a clear risk of further international spread, although the risk of interference with international traffic remains low for now.

“So, in short, we have an outbreak that has spread rapidly around the world, through new modes of transmission, about which we know very little, and which meets the criteria of the International Health Regulations.”


Until now, the label had only been applied to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing efforts to eradicate polio.

The WHO and public legislatures have been confronting extraordinary tension from researchers and general wellbeing specialists to make a more move on monkeypox.

Instances of the viral sickness have expanded since the council initially met toward the finish of June, when there were something like 3,000 cases.

At that point, the master bunch consented to rethink their situation on the crisis statement assuming the episode raised.

One of the central questions driving a reassesment was whether cases – that are primarily multiplying among men who have intercourse with men – would seep into different gatherings, especially youngsters or other people who have been defenseless against the infection in past flare-ups in endemic nations.

On Friday, the United States recognized its first two monkeypox cases in quite a while.

Any progressions to the actual infection could likewise start a reexamine, the panel had said.

The gathering is currently parted between the individuals who figure a crisis statement would speed up endeavors to contain the illness, and the individuals who don’t think the above models have been met in light of the fact that the sickness has not yet spread to new gatherings or had a high casualty rate, the sources said.

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