WHO Declares another Public Health Emergency

Another Virulent Outbreak May Be Declared a Public Emergency

WHO Declares Yet ANOTHER Public Health Emergency – So What Next?

(ReliableNews.org) – More than 2.5 years after it began, the world is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s also grappling with another viral outbreak: monkeypox.

On July 21, the WHO convened to determine whether to declare the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). As of the day of the meeting, there were more than 15,000 cases across 71 countries. The 16-member committee, headed by Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, will decide if the outbreak meets the criteria to be declared a PHEIC.

According to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) newsletter, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said most of the cases of the virus are being diagnosed in men who have sexual intercourse with other men.

In addition to the WHO meeting, a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine looked into more than 500 cases of the virus. Researchers found there are new symptoms that make it harder to diagnose the illness. For instance, about 10% of patients only had one visible lesion. However, rashes were the most common symptom, occurring in 95% of people with the virus.

On Saturday, July 23rd, the WHO officially declared the current outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.” As of Friday the 22nd, the US had reported over 2,800 cases, with more than 16,000 reported worldwide. The HHS has responded by ordering an additional 2.5 million doses of the current JYNNEOS vaccine, while acknowledging availability does not currently meet demand. They claim to be working diligently to increase supply.

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