WHO Says Monekeypox “Poses A Real Risk” – Convening Emergency Committee

The World Health Organization is now saying that the Monkeypox outbreak “poses a real risk.”

From Axios:

The monkeypox outbreak “poses a real risk” to public health, said the World Health Organization’s European chief Wednesday.

Driving the news: “The magnitude of this outbreak poses a real risk; the longer the virus circulates, the more it will extend its reach, and the stronger the disease’s foothold will get in non-endemic countries,” said Dr. Hans Henri Kluge, the WHO regional director for Europe, in a statement.

Kluge said governments, health officials and general society “need to act with urgency” in order to control the outbreak.

The WHO is going to convene an emergency committee to determine if it should be considered a global health emergency.

From AP:

The World Health Organization will convene an emergency committee of experts to determine if the expanding monkeypox outbreak that has mysteriously spread outside Africa should be considered a global health emergency.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday he decided to convene the emergency committee on June 23 because the virus has shown “unusual” recent behavior by spreading in countries well beyond parts of Africa where it is endemic.

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