Monkeypox: WHO triggers highest level of alert

For a few weeks now, the World Health Organization (WHO), has announced the appearance of Monkey pox (Monkeypox) in several countries of the world. It was yesterday that the organization announced that a meeting of the WHO Emergency Committee was to meet this Saturday, July 23, 2022, to define whether or not the high level of alert would be triggered for this virus.

And finally the World Health Organization has triggered its highest level of alert in an attempt to stem the outbreak of monkeypox, which has affected more than 17,000 people in 74 countries, announced its director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. .

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, assured during a press briefing, which took place following the meeting of the WHO Emergency Committee, saying that: “The risk associated with monkeypox is moderate overall in all regions, except in Europe, where we believe the risk is high”. Before adding: “There is also a clear risk of international expansion, although the risk of interference with international traffic remains low for the moment. »

The decision to trigger the maximum level of alert taken by the DG of WHO

The Monkeypox Emergency Committee is made up of 16 people, headed by Dr Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, former Director of Vaccines and Immunization at WHO and who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. , one of the countries where the disease is endemic. Based on recommendations from a committee of virologists, vaccinologists, epidemiologists and other leading disease control experts. The decision to raise the alert level fell to the director general of the WHO.

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This level of alert is decided during “serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected” situations, the spread of which constitutes a “risk to public health in other States” and which may require “coordinated international action”.

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