WHO expected to declare spread of ‘monkeypox’ a global health emergency

The outbreak of monkeypox is anticipated to be classified as a global health emergency by the World Health Organization today.

The WHO announced in a statement late Friday that Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organization’s director, will give a virtual press conference address on Saturday, July 22, at 1pm.

According to a count released on July 20 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monkeypox has affected over 15,800 people in 72 countries.

Since early May, there has been an increase in monkeypox infections outside of the West and Central African nations where the disease has long been endemic.

In order to determine whether monkeypox is a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC), the WHO convened an emergency committee (EC) of experts on June 23.

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