World Health Network declares Monkeypox a ‘pandemic’

The World Health Network declared the Monkeypox outbreak a Public Health Emergency of Global Concern. As of now, 3,417 confirmed Monkeypox cases reported across 58 countries, which urged the WHN to declare Monkeypox a pandemic. 

“Global action is needed at this time, as the devastating virus is spreading across the continents,” said WHN. WHN’s announcement comes ahead of the WHO meeting to be held on 23 June to decide on their monkeypox outbreak designation. Although fatality due to the Monkeypox virus is less, actions that can be practically implemented to lower the spread has to be taken, said in the statement.

This designation of Monkeypox as a public emergency by the World Health Network (WHN) indicates that this outbreak is not limited to a single country or region and should be addressed by immediate actions to prevent community transmission, reported news agency ANI. 

“No need to wait to witness a further spread. It is the best time to act. By taking immediate action, we can control the explosion with the least effort and prevent the consequences from getting worse. Delay in taking actions will only help to increase the consequences,” said Yaneer Bar-Yam, PhD, President of New England Complex System Institute and co-founder of WHN. 

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In addition, efforts are needed to make the test widely available, without restrictions based on specific procedures, such as travel, contact with infected individuals, or membership in high-risk specialized communities. Many scientists doubt that any such announcement would help prevent an epidemic, as developed countries, which have the latest cases, are already moving fast to close it.