The epidemic of monkeypox has been deemed a public health emergency of global concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Following the Thursday meeting of WHO’s second emergency committee on the matter, the decision was made public on Saturday morning.
“For the moment, this outbreak is concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those who have multiple partners,” he continued, “which means that this is an outbreak that can be stopped with the right strategies in the right right groups.” He went on to declare monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern.
The International Health Regulations, which were established in 2005, are the source of the PHEIC designation, which stands for an international agreement to assist in preventing and addressing public health concerns that have the potential to spread globally.
There are currently two public health crises: polio, which started in 2014, and Covid-19, which will start in 2020.
Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that approximately 2,800 monkeypox cases are currently suspected or confirmed in 44 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Over 16,500 cases have been documented across 74 countries globally.