WHO declares highest alert over monkeypox outbreak

WHO declares highest alert over monkeypox outbreak

The monkeypox outbreak has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization, BBC reports.

The classification is the highest alert that the WHO can issue and follows a worldwide upsurge in cases.

It came at the end of the second meeting of the WHO's emergency committee on the virus.
More than 16,000 cases have now been reported from 75 countries, said WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

There had been five deaths so far as a result of the outbreak, he added.

There are only two other such health emergencies at present - the coronavirus pandemic and the continuing effort to eradicate polio, BBC reports.

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