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WHO declares monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency after 5 deaths worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency.

“I have decided that the global Monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on Saturday morning during a briefing in Geneva.

Members of an expert committee met on Thursday to decide if the current Monkeypox outbreak should be escalated to a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Of the virologists, vaccinologist, epidemiologists, and health experts, nine voted against declaring Monkeypox a PHEIC, and six voted in favor, according to Reuters

 

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