Monkeypox has been classified as a public health emergency of global concern by the World Health Organization as of this past Saturday.
The increasing monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 nations, according to the international health organization, is an “exceptional” situation that now counts as a worldwide emergency.
According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gherbreyesus, “the risk of monkeypox is moderate globally and in all regions, except the European region, where we classify the risk as high.”
The message went on to say that although there is currently little chance of interference with international traffic, there is a definite possibility of further international spread.
In summary, the WHO director said, “We have an outbreak that has met the requirements in the International Health Regulations and has rapidly expanded over the world through new routes of transmission about which we understand too little.
The global monkeypox outbreak, he continued, “represents a public health emergency of international concern for all of the above reasons.”
Prior public health crises, including the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak, the Zika virus in Latin America in 2016, and the ongoing fight to eradicate polio, had been deemed emergencies by the WHO.
When around 7,500 cases had been documented, the organisation classified COVID-19 as a PHEIC on January 30, 2020. It was changed on March 11 to “pandemic.”
The decision was made during a seven-hour meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Thursday, July 21, to consider the multi-nation monkeypox outbreak. The severity of a public health crisis is determined by this WHO Committee.