World Health Organization declares monkeypox a global public health emergency
Outbreak "meets the criteria" for WHO declaration, director-general claims.
The World Health Organization this week officially declared the monkeypox outbreak a global public health emergency, a move that comes after several months of the virus's having spread to dozens of countries around the world.
The WHO said on its website on Saturday that organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus "has determined that the multi-country outbreak of monkeypox constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern."
In a statement to press, Ghebreyesus said that the monkeypox virus "has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little, and which meets the criteria" for the organization's declaration.
The director-general noted that the WHO's Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulation was "unable to reach a consensus" on whether to make the declaration itself, compelling Ghebreyesus to make the declaration on his own.
"[W]ith the tools we have right now, we can stop transmission and bring this outbreak under control," he said.
The virus, which has largely spread among gay men in the countries in which it has been detected, is overwhelmingly non-fatal; of the 16,000 reported cases worldwide there have reportedly been only three deaths.
Just News, No Noise
- Republicans sue Arizona’s largest county alleging unfair advantage for Democrats on poll workers
- Masters hammers Kelly on border issues in Arizona Senate debate
- GOP won legal curbs on 2020 election issues, but slow to answer plan to tilt 2022 playing field
- Family pit bulls maul two Tennessee infants to death, mother in hospital: Report
- Judge orders FBI to turn over information on laptop of homicide victim Democrat staffer Seth Rich