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

Ukraine’s Mariupol at risk of Cholera outbreak: UK

Ukraine’s southern city of Mariupol is at risk of a major cholera outbreak, Britain’s defense ministry said Friday, as medical services are already near collapse. There is likely also a critical shortage of medicines in Kherson, Britain’s defense ministry said in a Twitter update. Russia is struggling to provide basic public services to the population … 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

No urgent need for mass monkeypox vaccination: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not believe the monkeypox outbreak outside of Africa requires mass vaccination as measures like good hygiene and safe sexual behavior will help control its spread, a senior official said Monday. Richard Pebody, who leads the high-threat pathogen team at WHO Europe, also told Reuters in an interview that immediate … Read more