WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency

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World Health Organization declares the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency.

The announcement was made at the second meeting of WHO’s emergency committee on the virus. The classification is the highest alert that the WHO can issue.

More than 16,000 cases have been reported from 75 countries, according to the WHO. There have been five recorded deaths so far.

WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the emergency was declared due to the rapid spread of the virus. The WHO hopes to speed up the development of vaccines and the implementation of measures to limit the spread of the virus.

Monkeypox is a rare disease similar to small pox that can last two to four weeks. It presents with rashes and flu-like symptoms. Monkeypox can be spread by contact with infected animals or people.

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