Monkey Pox: Over 6,000 cases in 58 countries – 80% in Europe

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Monkey Pox: Over 6,000 cases in 58 countries – 80% in Europe

80% in Europe – “I remain concerned about the scale and spread of the virus around the world,” Tedros said

More than 6,000 cases of it monkey pox have now been reported from 58 countries during the current outbreak, according to World Health Organization.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in an online press conference from Geneva that the UN agency will reconvene a meeting of the committee that will recommend declaring the epidemic global health emergency, the WHO’s highest alert level, in the week beginning July 18 or earlier.

In her previous session on June 27the committee decided that the outbreak, with cases increasing both in African countries where it usually spreads and globally, did not yet constitute a public health emergency.

“I remain concerned about the scale and spread of the virus around the world,” said Mr Treeadding that the lack of testing means there are likely many more unreported cases.

About 80% of the cases are recorded in Europe, he said.

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