WHO considers emergency classification for monkeypox

After more than 3,000 confirmed monkeypox cases have been reported in more than 40 countries, the World Health Organization is prepared to discuss whether the disease should be labelled the next pandemic.

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Since May, when the first cases of monkeypox started appearing outside of Africa where the disease was already endemic, more than 40 countries have tallied over 3,000 cases in total.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is now convening in Geneva on Thursday to discuss whether the outbreak should be considered a ”public health emergency of international concern,” the highest level of alert the WHO has in its arsenal, reports Reuters. The global health authority does not declare pandemics, although it has used the term to describe the Covid-19 crisis.

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