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Monkeypox: no global health emergency at the moment, according to WHO

The general manager of this agencyONUTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had convened a meeting of experts on the issue on Thursday to find out whether theOMS was to trigger its highest level of alert in the face of this epidemic which mainly affects Western Europe.

An increase in the number of cases of monkeypox has been detected since the beginning of May, far from the countries of central and western Africa where the disease has long been endemic.

More than 3200 confirmed cases and one death have been reported to theOMS by around 50 countries where the disease is not endemic this year.

In addition, since the beginning of 2022, nearly 1,500 suspected cases and about 70 deaths have been reported in Central Africa, mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Cameroon, Tedros had indicated on Thursday.

The emergency committee has expressed deep concern about the scale and speed of the spread of the current outbreak noting many unknowns about this phenomenon, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement released after reviewing the experts’ report, which represents their consensus position.

Generally speaking in the report, they suggested to me that at this time the outbreak does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (USPPI), which is WHO’s highest level of alert. , but they agreed that the convening of the committee itself reflects growing concerns over the international spread of monkeypoxaccording to the text.

Mr Tedros had announced on June 14 that he was convening an emergency committee to assess whether the current outbreak was a USPPI.

The last USPPI was declared in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The men most affected

Known in humans since 1970, monkeypox, or orthopoxvirose simienneis considered a rare disease.

It first results in a high fever and quickly progresses to rashes with the formation of scabs. Most often benign, it usually heals spontaneously after two or three weeks.

It is usually due to a virus transmitted to humans by infected animals. However, in the current outbreak, human-to-human transmission is prominent.

The majority of reported cases so far involve men who have sex with men. If it is not a sexually transmitted infection, transmission can occur through close contact such as having sex.

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