World Health Organization calls on Europe about monkey pox

July 1, 2022 19:18

The World Health Organization called for “urgent action” on Friday to curb the monkeypox outbreak in Europe as the number of people infected tripled on the continent in the two weeks since.
In a statement, the organization’s regional director called on European countries to “intensify their efforts in the coming weeks and months to prevent the endemic monkeypox epidemic in a wider geographic area.”
“Urgent and coordinated action is needed if we are to make a difference in the race against the outbreak,” said Hans Kluge, WHO director in Europe.
According to WHO data, Europe registered more than 4,500 confirmed cases, three times more than in mid-June.
This number makes up 90 percent of the infections counted worldwide since mid-May, when this disease, which was limited to ten African countries, started to spread in Europe.
Europe has become the epicenter for the spread of monkeypox and includes 31 countries or regions where cases of this disease have been recorded.
On Saturday, WHO experts believed that the surge in cases had become a major health concern, but had not yet reached the level of a global health emergency.
But the WHO Europe Department noted that “the rapid development and urgency of this event mean that the (expert) committee will soon reconsider its position.”

Source: AFP

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