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Mpox is still considered a public health emergency – WHO

Geneva, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) WHO warned Wednesday that despite progress made for global response to the multinational mpox outbreak, it is still a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated.

Ghebreyesus laid stress on a sustained decrease in the number of mpox cases worldwide, most of them reported in the Americas.

According to WHO´s statement, the current global mpox outbreak risk remains moderate worldwide, and is classed as low in the Southeast Asia and Western Pacific regions.

Meanwhile, the WHO´s European Region reported that 43 countries have not detected any new cases in the past three months, and that while 18 nations continue reporting recent cases of local person-to-person transmission, the number has dropped significantly.

The Americas, on the other hand, reported a steady toll over the past six weeks, confirming 200-250 cases per week, of which 4% are women.

Although vaccine supply is quite limited, seven regional nations have begun their corresponding vaccination campaign.

Ghebreyesus noted the pressing need to maintain health surveillance, prevention and care efforts, to vaccinate high-risk populations, to improve equitable access to diagnostics, vaccines and treatment for all, to continue fighting off stigma and discrimination, as well as to guarantee respect for human rights.