The World Health Organization has activated maximum levels of alert for the outbreak of monkeypox, declaring the virus a global emergency. Here are the details:
In its latest meeting, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global emergency, which means that the organization sees the outbreak of the disease reaching the limit that must be treated as a global threat, requiring global coordination between countries to prevent the spread of the virus and its transformation into a new global epidemic.
Although WHO declarations do not impose specific requirements on national governments, this declaration is a general call to action, and it is worth noting that the Organization can impose these requirements on its member states only, as member states must report any events that pose a risk to the organization. Global Health.
At some point during the past month, the UN agency refused to declare a global emergency regarding monkeypox, but the infection situation has increased suddenly and dramatically over the past weeks, prompting the Director-General of the World Health Organization to issue or activate the highest alert and declare the disease as an emergency International.
More than 16,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 70 different countries so far and this year, with the number or percentage of confirmed cases increasing to 77% from the end of June to the beginning of July, with gay men reported to be the most vulnerable to infection. At the present time, according to the statements of the Director-General of the organization.
Also, 5 deaths from this virus have been reported within Africa this year, and no deaths have been reported so far outside the continent of Africa. Most infected people recover from this disease within two or four weeks of infection, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and this virus causes the appearance of a rash that spreads over the entire body, appearing in the form of painful bumps or sores.
Europe is currently the epicenter of the outbreak, with more than 80% of confirmed cases, and the United States has reported more than 2,500 cases of this virus so far, in different provinces.
The Director-General of the Organization added that the risk of this type of smallpox is moderate or medium at the global level, but the risk increases with respect to Europe, and that there is a risk of increasing the possibility of the virus spreading around the world, so the decision was made to classify this virus as a global emergency.
In response to the World Health Organization’s announcement, some Arab governments, such as the Egyptian Ministry of Health, issued their own statements to warn and educate citizens, as the Egyptian Ministry of Health raised the level of surveillance and suspicion in all land and sea ports and places of quarantine, with the issuance of a guide or a guiding statement that states how to diagnose and treat Any cases confirmed to be infected with this virus according to the conditions established by WHO.