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Monkeypox, No More a Global Health Emergency: Says World Health Organization

  • Posted on May 11, 2023
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The disease Monkeypox is characterized by red rashes with inflammation in the skin due to enlargement of lymphatic nodes and vessels. This is accompanied by frequent fever and weakness

In the field of global health and well-being, a significant positive development has come to the fore. The World Health Organization has declared that the disease of monkeypox is no longer a global Health Emergency. 

What is a Global Health Emergency?

Breakouts of diseases or situations which impact the general health of the public worldwide in an unprecedented and unforeseen manner are categorized as Global Health Emergencies by the World Health organization.


The disease Monkeypox is characterized by red rashes with inflammation in the skin due to enlargement of lymphatic nodes and vessels. This is accompanied
The disease Monkeypox is a viral illness caused by the monkeypox virus, a species of the genus Orthopoxvirus. (Image Credit: Pinterest)


Monkeypox: A Former Global Health Emergency Today

The Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization had sent a recommendation to the WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom to remove monkey props from the list of diseases categorized as Global Health Emergencies. Tedros informed, "I have accepted that advice, and am pleased to declare that mpox is no longer a global health emergency.”


Breakouts of diseases or situations which impact the general health of the public worldwide in an unprecedented and unforeseen manner are categorized as Global Health Emergencies by the World Health organization.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the decision was prompted by falling case numbers. (File)


What is Monkeypox? 

The disease Monkeypox is characterized by red rashes with inflammation in the skin due to enlargement of lymphatic nodes and vessels. This is accompanied by frequent fever and weakness. Approximately, 87,000 cases had been registered in a single year related to monkeypox in 2020. The figures have considerably decreased in the subsequent period as a result of which, the disease is no longer a Global Health Emergency as per the World Health Organization.

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