Monkeypox spread to more than 70 countries, and WHO declared a global health emergency

Monkeypox has been present in many parts of Central and West Africa for decades, but there has never been such a large-scale outbreak outside the continent of Africa, and it was not widespread among people until May.

New Delhi: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that the spread of monkeypox in more than 70 countries is an "extraordinary" situation that is now a global emergency. This announcement by WHO can accelerate investment in the treatment of this disease and it has underlined the need to develop a vaccine for this disease.


WHO Director-General Tedros A. Ghebreyesus made this announcement despite a lack of consensus among the members of the Global Health Organization's 'Emergency Committee'. This is the first time the WHO chief has taken such action.


Tedros said, 'In short, we are facing an epidemic that has spread rapidly around the world through new modes of transmission and we have very little information about this disease and it is in accordance with international health regulation. meets the qualifications.' He said, 'I know it has not been an easy or straightforward process and therefore the members of the committee have different views.'


Although monkeypox has been present in many parts of Central and West Africa for decades, there has never been an outbreak on such a large scale outside the continent of Africa, and it was not widespread among people until May.


Declaring the disease as a global emergency means that the outbreak of monkeypox is an exceptional event and the disease can spread to many other countries and requires a coordinated global response. Earlier, WHO declared a state of emergency for Covid-19, Ebola, and Zika virus.