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Monkeypox outbreak: Why WHO declared monkeypox a global health emergency: 5 facts



New Delhi:
The World Health Organization today declared the rapidly spreading monkeypox a global health emergency. The health body’s alert calls for global cooperation against monkeypox.

Here are 5 things WHO said about monkeypox:

  1. “I have determined that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), told a press conference today.

  2. The WHO said that the outbreak of monkeypox, which is spreading rapidly all over the world, can be stopped with the right strategy in the right groups.

  3. So far this year, more than 16,000 cases of monkeypox and five deaths have been reported from 60 WHO member states.

  4. The health body said it is declaring a state of emergency because it is essential that all countries work together to prepare and deliver effective information and services to combat monkeypox.

  5. There is currently no specific treatment for monkeypox. Patients will usually need to stay in a specialist hospital so that the infection does not spread and the general symptoms can be treated.