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WHO (World Health Organization) has decided not to declare the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international significance during a meeting of the emergency committee.
The WHO convened its emergency committee on Thursday to discuss the severity of the monkeypox outbreak. On Saturday, the conclusion of the conference was made public.
Tedros issued a warning on Thursday stating that “there are also risks of serious disease for immunocompromised adults, pregnant women, and infants if they are infected,” despite the fact that “men who have sex with men have been primarily afflicted in these current outbreaks.” Tedros urged heightened monitoring for monkeypox.
Health care providers are also at risk if they don’t wear the appropriate personal protective equipment, Tedros said in his opening remarks at the meeting. As other countries became infected, Tedros said last week that “the virus is acting weirdly from how it used to behave in the past” and that a coordinated response was needed. The statement on Saturday mentioned the “growing health threat” that the WHO will be actively monitoring.
A public health emergency of international concern, or PHEIC, is a noteworthy occurrence that “poses a public health danger to other States through the international transmission of sickness” and “may potentially need a coordinated worldwide response.”
This definition is found in the 2005-created, 196-nation International Health Regulations. They want to help the international community stop public health threats that could grow globally and help the community respond to those threats.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides the following explanation of the guidelines “A legally binding agreement to build the capacity to recognize and report possible international public health emergencies has been signed by 196 countries. According to IHR, every country must be able to recognize, assess, communicate, and respond to public health emergencies.”
The two ongoing emergencies are polio, which began in 2014, and Covid-19, which will begin in 2020. In addition, four further PHEICs have been announced since the limits were put in place: the H1N1 flu from 2009 to 2010; the Ebola virus from 2014 to 2016; the Zika virus in 2016; and the Ebola virus from 2019 to 2020.
Tedros’ opening statements state that between January 1, 2022, and June 15, 2022, 48 countries reported to the WHO more than 3,200 confirmed cases of monkeypox and one fatality.
According to the most recent situation report, the death took place in Nigeria. The importance of countries exchanging information with the WHO was stressed by Tedros.
Monkeypox, a rare illness, is a far less severe relative of the now-extinct smallpox virus.
It is only found in parts of west and central Africa and is primarily contracted through a rodent or small mammal. As a result, it is challenging for one person to pass HIV to another.
However, the monkeypox virus can be spread by coming into contact with bodily fluids, lesions from the disease, or infected things, such as contaminated bedding and clothing. The CDC states that it can also spread from person to person through respiratory droplets, typically in a small area.