WHO Erase Endemic Country Distinction For Monkeypox
In order to effectively unify the response to monkeypox, the World Health Organization has erased the distinction between endemic and non-endemic nations from its data.
Monkeypox has been restricted to Western and Central Africa until recently, but it is now seen on various continents.
“We are erasing the difference between endemic and non-endemic countries, reporting on nations together when possible, to reflect the coordinated response that is required,” the WHO said in its outbreak situation update, which was published on June 17 but distributed to the media on Saturday.
It added that between January 1 and June 15, the WHO received reports of 2,103 confirmed cases, one probable case, and one death from 42 countries.
On June 23, the UN’s health agency in Geneva will host an emergency meeting to decide if the global monkeypox outbreak should be classified as a public health emergency of international concern.
The designation is the most serious warning the UN can issue.
The European region accounts for the majority of confirmed cases (84 percent), followed by the Americas, Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean region, and the Western Pacific region.
According to the WHO, the actual number of cases is likely to be greater.
Monkeypox typically begins with a high fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a blistery chickenpox-like rash.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the other hand, have stated that contemporary cases do not necessarily present with flu-like symptoms, and that rashes are sometimes localized to specific locations.