Monkeypox a global health emergency, declares WHO

As Monkeypox becomes prevalent in 75 countries, with 16000 cases globally and five deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has sounded the highest alert yet again by declaring Monkeypox as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), the second disease to be declared so in the last three years, Covid-19 being the first.

According to experts, the goal of announcing a public health emergency is to get people to pay attention.

According to WHO’s regional director, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Monkeypox cases are primarily concentrated among men who have sex with other men and are spreading quickly.

Four cases of Monkeypox have been reported from India thus far, three from Kerala and one from Delhi. The case discovered in Delhi has no prior international travel. However, he travelled to Himachal Pradesh on a trip with his male companions on June 26, and the fever started on July 5, according to health department officials. 13 people wh came in contact with him are also being monitored.

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