WHO to Consider Declaring Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

Monkeypox cases continue to grow in the United States and around the world. According to the World Health Organization’s Director-General while the WHO determined that the outbreak did not meet criteria to declare a public heath emergency of international concern in June, the committee is expected to meet during the week of July 18th or sooner to reassess the situation. The WHO defines a public health emergency of international concern as ‘an extraordinary event’ that constitutes a ‘public heath risk to other states through the international spread of disease’ and that may ‘potentially require a coordinated international response.’