Will the World Health Organization declare monkeypox a “global emergency”?
Amid global anticipation for what the World Health Organization will decide today, Thursday, regarding declaring monkeypox a “global health emergency,” the organization announced on June 14 that it would hold an emergency meeting on the 23rd of this month, to determine whether it would classify the global outbreak of monkeypox as “a global health emergency.” A public health emergency” that calls for international concern.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: “The outbreak of monkeypox is unusual and worrying, and for this reason, I have decided to hold a meeting of the emergency committee under the International Health Regulations next week, to assess whether this outbreak represents a health emergency of international concern.”
"The World Health Organization is also working with partners and experts from around the world to change the name of the monkeypox virus and the disease that causes it. We will announce the new names as soon as possible," Ghebreyesus added.
And the World Health Organization announced, earlier, that the name of the monkeypox virus would change, due to its “discriminatory” nature.
This came after a group of scientists said there was an urgent need for a "non-discriminatory, and non-stigmatizing" label for the monkeypox virus, which is mysteriously spreading outside Africa.
A scientific paper signed by 29 experts, in early June, used the designation “hMPXV” instead of the currently common name (monkeypox), and called for a quick decision to adopt the new name.
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