WHO will convene another emergency meeting due to the spread of monkeypox

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More than 6000 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in 58 countries, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), which will convene a new emergency meeting due to the spread of the epidemic.

"The UN agency will reconvene a committee meeting to recommend that the outbreak be declared a global health emergency, the WHO's highest level of alert, starting on or before July 18," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a virtual news conference. from Geneva.

At an earlier meeting on June 27, the board decided that the outbreak, which has seen an increase in cases in African countries where it usually spreads globally, does not yet constitute a health crisis.

"I am concerned about the scale and spread of the virus in the world," Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant there were likely many more cases.

"About 80 percent of the cases are from Europe," he said.

Source: MIA

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