WHO has determined that monkeypox is not an international public health emergency’currently’


The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that monkeypox outbreaks in multiple countries have been addressed by WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanomgebreyes and the International Health Response (IHR) Emergency Committee.

In the statement of the meetingAnnounced on June 25, WHO said that monkeypox now constitutes a public health risk to other states through international communication and requires a coordinated international response to “abnormal events.” We have determined that it is not enough to establish a PHEIC defined as.

Some members of the WHO Committee objected, but the majority agreed with this decision.

Cases of monkeypox have decreased or leveled off in the country where the outbreak was first experienced. According to the WHO report, 3,040 cases have been reported in 47 countries since May, and one person with immunodeficiency has died.

So far, the majority of confirmed cases of monkeypox are male, with lesions often confined to or around the genitals, mainly among gay, bisexual, and other males who have sex with males. And shows a generalized rash.

Further investigation is needed to understand viral infections, but WHO said trends in case numbers may be associated with international gatherings and LGBTQI + pride events that encourage sexual encounters. I thought.

WHO advises international cooperation

Currently, this outbreak appears to be most affected and the number of cases is highest in European countries, with most countries having no previous reported history of the virus.

Currently, global planning is considered unnecessary, but the Commission advised to carefully monitor the case and review it for several weeks. After more information becomes available, the country can reassess this advice if there are significant changes in the progression of the disease.

The Commission will revisit if there is strong evidence that the number of cases will increase significantly over the next 21 days, cases will occur in sex workers and have spread significantly to other countries or countries already endemic to the disease. We conclude that an evaluation may take place.

He also advised to check for infections in vulnerable groups such as immunosuppressed people and children, similar infections in animals, and changes in viral pathogenicity and behavior. All of these may require a reassessment of the situation.

The Committee advised that countries should cooperate with each other, cooperate with WHO and support other countries according to WHO guidance.