WHO removes endemic country label to increase monkeypox control

Who Removes Endemic Country Label To Increase Monkeypox Control

Geneva: The World Health Organization said it has removed the distinction between endemic and non-endemic countries in its smallpox data to better standardize the response to the virus.
Until recent months, monkeypox was generally confined to West and Central Africa, but is now found on several continents. «We are eliminating the distinction between endemic and non-endemic countries, and informing the countries together when possible, to reflect the necessary standardized response», said the WHO in its update of the state of the brote closed on June 17, but sent to the media the saturday.
Between 1 January and 15 June, 2,103 confirmed cases, one probable case and one death were reported to WHO in 42 countries.
On June 23, the Geneva-based UN health agency is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting to determine whether the global smallpox outbreak should be classified as a public health emergency of international concern. This appointment is the loudest alarm that can be raised by a United Nations agency.
The majority – 84% – of confirmed cases are from the European region, followed by AmericasAfrica, middle East area and west pacific region. The World Health Organization believes the actual number of cases is likely higher.

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