Today, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported on 52 additional cases of monkeypox in England, one additional case in Scotland and one in Wales.
This brings the total number confirmed in the UK to 524, as of 14 June.
There are currently 504 confirmed cases in England, 13 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland and 5 in Wales.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) tweeted: “So far this year, more than 1,600 confirmed cases and almost 1,500 suspected cases of monkeypox have been reported to WHO from 39 countries – including seven countries where monkeypox has been detected for years, and 32 newly-affected countries“
The dramatic increase in numbers has prompted Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to tweet the following: The global outbreak of monkeypox is clearly unusual and concerning. I have decided to convene the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations on Thursday next week, to assess whether this outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).
According to WHO, a PHEIC is defined in the IHR (2005) as, “an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response”. This definition implies a situation that is:
- serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected;
- carries implications for public health beyond the affected State’s national border; and
- may require immediate international action.
Check out the WHO Media briefing from Tuesday:
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) June 14, 2022
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