WHO experts gather to decide global emergency on monkeypox outbreak

A World Health Organization committee of experts met Thursday to decide whether the monkeypox outbreak which has been seen to arise of cases around the world constitutes a global health emergency. The outcome of the private meeting will be issued on Friday at the earliest, the WHO said. A surge of monkeypox cases has been … Read more

Monkeypox ’emergency’ decision due from WHO draws African criticism

The World Health Organization (WHO) will decide on Thursday whether to declare monkeypox a global health emergency, stirring criticism from leading African scientists who say it has been a crisis in their region for years. The deliberations and scrutiny of the WHO’s response to the outbreak follows concerns about how the UN agency and governments … Read more

WHO to assess whether monkeypox a health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) will decide whether the monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern in an upcoming meeting. That is the highest level of warning issued by the United Nations agency, which currently applies only to the COVID-19 pandemic and polio. There have been 1,600 confirmed and 1,500 suspected cases … Read more

Monkeypox cases cross 1,000 mark, WHO warns of ‘real’ risk

With an increase in the number of cases, monkeypox is a threat in non-endemic nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Wednesday, with more than 1000 cases now confirmed in such countries. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the United Nations health agency was not recommending mass vaccination against the virus, and added that no … Read more

Inequity in monkeypox: Resources long available, just not to Africa

As health authorities in Europe and elsewhere roll out vaccines and drugs to stamp out the biggest monkeypox outbreak beyond Africa, some doctors acknowledge an ugly reality: The resources to slow the disease’s spread have long been available, just not to the Africans who have dealt with it for decades. Countries including Britain, Spain, Portugal, … Read more

Summer festivals, parties could further spread monkeypox: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that further spread of monkeypox is possible at festivals and major events planned for this summer in Europe. “The potential for further transmission in Europe and elsewhere over the summer is high,” WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Henri Kluge said in a statement. However, Kluge said, festivals … Read more

Stopping human transmission key to containing monkeypox: WHO

The goal is to contain the monkeypox outbreak by stopping human-to-human transmission to the maximum extent possible, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. “Tools to manage it – including readily available diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics – are not likely to be immediately or widely accessible to countries,” the agency said in a statement. … Read more

Monkeypox: 9 dead in Congo, first death in Nigeria in 2022

Nine people have died of monkeypox in Congo in 2022, while Nigeria recorded its first death from the disease this year, the countries’ health authorities said, even as at least 20 countries continue to grapple with sudden outbreaks not seen in years. Dr. Aime Alongo, chief of the Sankuru health division in Congo, said Monday … Read more

Monkeypox outbreak unlikely to lead to pandemic: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not believe the monkeypox outbreak outside Africa will lead to a pandemic, an official said Monday, adding that it remains unclear if infected people who are not displaying symptoms can transmit the disease. More than 300 suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox, a usually mild illness that spreads through … Read more

EU agrees on common purchase of monkeypox vaccine, antiviral

The European Union has decided on common purchasing of a vaccine and antiviral to fight the outbreak of monkeypox, a virus endemic in Africa and usually rare in other places, Sweden’s vaccine coordinator said Friday. “After several meetings, it has been decided that we will buy both vaccines and an antiviral treatment,” Swedish daily Dagens … Read more