Sunday, July 24

The WHO has declared monkeypox an emergency.

The WHO has declared monkeypox an emergency.

Due to a rise in cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that monkeypox is a "global health emergency."

Despite the WHO's emergency committee failing to come to an agreement on Saturday, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus decided to make the proclamation.

When a worldwide emergency is declared, it signifies that the monkeypox outbreak is an "exceptional event" that may spread to other nations and necessitates a coordinated international response.

What is monkeypox and what symptoms might it cause?

The WHO has already declared emergencies for public health disasters like the COVID pandemic, the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014, the Zika virus in Latin America in 2016, and the ongoing fight to eradicate polio.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that since May, more than 16,000 people in 74 countries have been diagnosed with monkeypox.

The news on Saturday would make people spend more money on treating diseases and make it harder to get scarce vaccines.

As 71 percent of cases are reported in London, monkeypox is a "deep worry."

Monkeypox has only been linked to deaths in Africa, mostly in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where a more dangerous strain of the virus is spreading.

It is rare to contract monkeypox. The latest incidences elsewhere in the world are unique because they are often carried by wild animals in places like the west or central Africa

Monkeypox is spreading among individuals who have no connections to animals or recent travel to Africa in Europe, North America, and other places.

Dr. Rosamund Lewis, the top specialist on monkeypox for the WHO, stated last week that men made up 99 per cent of all instances of monkeypox outside of Africa and that 98 percent of those cases were men who had sex with men.

Experts think that the outbreaks in Europe and North America were caused by sexual contact at two raves in Belgium and Spain.

Handout image issued by the UK Health Security Agency of the stages of Monkeypox.Credit: UKHSA/PA

What are the symptoms of monkeypox?

It usually takes between five and 21 days for the first symptoms of the infection to appear.

The first symptoms of monkeypox include:

a high temperature

a headache

muscle aches


swollen glands

shivering (chills)


A rash, which often begins on the face before spreading, usually appears one to five days after the first symptoms.

The rash, sometimes confused with chickenpox, starts as raised spots before becoming small fluid-filled blisters. The blisters eventually form scabs and later fall off.

Symptoms usually clear up in two to four weeks.


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