Monkeypox declared as GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY by WHO
WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency as cases surge
The World Health Organization is expected to force governments into action.
Monkeypox is a rare infection that is spread by wild animals like rodents and primates in parts of West or Central Africa.
The virus causes a mild illness and can result in symptoms such as high body temperature, headache, backache and a chickenpox-like rash.
The infection can spread if a person to person touches monkeypox skin blisters or used clothing.
Monkeypox has spread across the world at an unprecedented rate in the last two months.
More than 16,000 cases and five deaths have now been reported from 75 countries.
“In short, we have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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