Monkeypox outbreak: World Health Network declares another pandemic

While the world is battling an ongoing pandemic that has been prevailing for the past two years, multiple cases of monkeypox have been detected across the world. Cases were predominant in Europe with the first case being reported from UK and Spain, now slowly spreading towards Southeast Asia and the US. South Korea confirmed that a Korean citizen coming from Germany tested positive for monkeypox on Wednesday. Recent reports suggest that 142 cases of the virus have been confirmed by the CDC (Centres for disease control and prevention) in the US.

In view of over 3,417 cases being detected across 58 countries, the World Health Network declared the monkeypox outbreak as a pandemic. Taking to Twitter, Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, co-founder of WHN also announced that “the outbreak will not stop without concerted global action”. The organization suggested that if effective action is taken now, more disruptive interventions will not be necessary and that health authorities should learn from past mistakes before delaying their responses.

This announcement made by WHN comes before an emergency meeting which is to be held today by the WHO to take a decision regarding the outbreak of another possible pandemic. The US government has been making efforts to ship test kits to commercial laboratories for faster diagnoses. According to WHO, monkeypox usually lasts between 2 to 4 weeks with symptoms including fever, headache, rashes, and swollen lymph nodes.

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