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

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 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

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

‘Child of war’ rises: WHO reelects Tedros as head of organization

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) members reelected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – who has been the first African to head the organization – as director-general on Tuesday by a strong majority for another five years, as Tedros tearfully accepted a second term while recalling his humble upbringing as “a child of war” and pleading for peace. … Read more