WHO Declares Monkeypox as Public Health Emergency of International Concern

The World Health Organization has declared the Monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the news Saturday saying while the committee was unable to reach a consensus, he came to the decision after considering the five elements required on deciding whether an outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. The organization stopped short of declaring the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern after it’s first emergency committee meeting on June 23rd. At that time they acknowledged it was an ‘evolving health threat’ that the WHO would be following closely. As of right now, the U.S. is reporting over 2,800 probable or confirmed Monkeypox cases in 44 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. That’s compared to 16,500 worldwide.