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WHO lifts global health emergency over monkeypox

05/12/2023 - 10:12

Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), declared the end of the health emergency that had been in place since August 2022 as a result of a monkeypox outbreak.
"Last night, the emergency committee convened its fifth meeting and made a recommendation: stop the public health emergency of global significance. I accepted that suggestion."

Monkeypox is no longer a major public health concern, Mr. Ghebreyesus noted during the briefing.

The WHO website estimates that by May 2022, there will have been 112 fatalities and 87,000 cases of monkeypox worldwide. In July, the WHO proclaimed the outbreak of monkeypox to be an emergency. The WHO director said in October of last year that monkeypox incidence had decreased.



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