Monkeypox Updates: Thailand Confirms First Case, 14,000 Cases Globally, WHO Discusses Emergency Declaration

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded more than 14,000 cases of Monkeypox globally since the outbreak of the disease began in May, and is now considering an emergency declaration.

According to the WHO, recorded cases of Monkeypox globally have now gone up to more than 14,000, with six countries, including Thailand, recording a case for the first time in the last week.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he remains “concerned” about the increasing number of cases.

Ghebreyesus also said that it is “Important to assess the effectiveness of public health interventions in different settings, to better understand what works, and what doesn’t.”

Thailand recorded its first case of Monkeypox on Thursday from a 27-year-old Nigerian man who had traveled to the province of Phuket. 

Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) confirmed that it has cooperated with local authorities in Phuket to trace those who have been in contact with the Nigerian national to prevent further spread of the disease.

WHO’s Emergency Committee on Monkeypox has now reconvened amidst the continuing rise in infections, and is discussing whether to declare the outbreak as a public health emergency after refusing to do so last month.

Ghebreyesus also confirmed that the “Vast majority of cases continue to be reported among men who have sex with men.”

“This transmission pattern represents both an opportunity to implement targeted public health interventions, and a challenge because in some countries, the communities affected face life-threatening discrimination,” said Ghebreyesus.

Other countries that have recorded Monkeypox for the first time include Venezuela, Turkey, South Korea, Russia, and Panama.

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