WHO emergency committee meeting on 21 July

The number of confirmed cases worldwide has risen sharply, surpassing the 10,000 mark in more than sixty countries, with Europe the most affected region.

WHO’s monkeypox emergency committee will meet next Thursday to determine how to deal with the current outbreak, the agency said in a statement Thursday. In particular, the committee will have to decide on the seriousness of the recurrence of cases of monkeypox and their qualification as “a public health emergency of international importance,» the organization’s highest alert level.

It will meet for the second time, while at the previous meeting on June 23, it had ruled out raising the alert level. Since then, the number of confirmed cases worldwide has risen sharply, surpassing 10,000 in more than 60 countries, with Europe the most affected region.

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The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has repeatedly expressed concern about the spread of the disease outside countries where it is endemic, and urged member states to take appropriate measures to limit contamination. “I reiterate that we must work to stop transmission and recommend that governments implement contact tracing to monitor and contain the virus and provide assistance to isolated people.“, explained Dr. Tedros at a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday.


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