The World Health Organization announced on Tuesday that it will hold a second emergency meeting next week to determine if monkeypox poses a global health threat as worldwide cases exceed 9,600.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director-general, said in a press conference that their emergency committee for monkeypox will reconvene and assess the monkeypox outbreak but did not specify a date on when the committee will hold the emergency meeting.
“The emergency committee for monkeypox will reconvene next week and look at trends, how effective the countermeasures are, and make recommendations,” Ghebreyesus said.
In response to monkeypox, the WHO did not declare a global emergency in June, saying that it is not a global health emergency, but monkeypox cases have risen significantly in recent weeks.
Anne Rimoin, a UCLA epidemiology professor who has spent the last two decades working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to eradicate monkeypox, said the virus only sparked a global response when it spread beyond rural Africa.
“This virus has been spreading in marginalized and vulnerable populations [in Africa] for decades, and we’ve done nothing about it. We have known that monkeypox is a potential problem for decades,” Rimoin said.
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