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WHO Convenes Closed Emergency Meeting Regarding Monkeypox Outbreak

June 22, 2022 • 4:34 pm CDT
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The first meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations regarding the multi-country monkeypox outbreak is set to convene a closed meeting on June 23, 2022.

The WHO stated today the EC would provide its views to the Director-General on whether the event constitutes a 'public health emergency of international concern.'

And if so, the Committee will propose temporary recommendations on reducing the spread of the monkeypox disease and managing the global public health response.

The WHO Emergency Committee is expected to issue a statement following the meeting in Geneva.

The WHO stated on June 17, 2022, 'While epidemiological investigations are ongoing, most reported cases in the recent outbreak has presented through sexual health or other health services in primary or secondary health care facilities, with a history of travel primarily to countries in Europe.'

As of June 22, 2022, data sources indicate over 3,431 probable monkeypox patients have been identified in nearly fifty countries, led by England, Spain, and Germany.

Furthermore, various countries are deploying ACAM2000 and MVA-BN vaccines to manage close-contacts.

The CDC reported 142 cases yesterday in the USA, led by California, New York, and Illinois.

The CDC is offering the Jynnneos vaccine version to close-contacts.

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