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World Health Organization convenes experts to decide whether monkeypox is an emergency

GENEVA – The World Health Organization will convene an emergency committee of experts to determine whether the mysterious monkeypox outbreak outside Africa should be considered a global health emergency.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday he decided to convene the emergency committee on June 23 because the virus has shown “unusual” recent behavior by spreading to countries beyond parts of Africa where it is endemic.

“We believe it also needs some coordinated response because of the geographic spread,” he told reporters.

Declaring monkeypox an international health emergency would give it the same designation as the COVID-19 pandemic and mean that the WHO considers the rare disease in general to be a continuing threat to countries globally.

Britain on Monday said it has 470 cases of monkeypox nationwide, most of them in gay or bisexual men. British scientists said last week they could not tell whether the spread of the disease had peaked in Britain.

A meeting of outside experts could help improve understanding and knowledge about the virus, Tedros said, as the WHO issued new guidelines about vaccination against monkeypox.

Dr. Ibrahima Sos Fall, WHO’s emergency director for Africa, said the number of cases is increasing every day and that health officials face “many gaps in terms of knowledge of transmission dynamics” – both in Africa and beyond In.

“With the advice of the emergency committee, we may be in a better position to control the situation. But that does not mean that we are going straight into a public health emergency of international concern,” he said, referring to the WHO’s highest level of alert for the viral outbreak. “We don’t want to wait until the situation is out of control to start convening the emergency committee.”

The UN health agency does not recommend mass vaccination, but recommends “judicious” use of vaccines. It said that controlling the disease mainly depends on measures like surveillance, tracking of cases and isolation of patients.

Last month, a key WHO adviser said there was a possibility of the spread by sex in Europe and beyond at two recent rave parties in Spain and Belgium.

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