Monkeypox Emergency Could Last Months, According To Experts

  • Reuters reported that World Health Organization's (WHO) scientist advisors on monkeypox say the window is closing to stop its spread.
  • The cases are currently doubling every two weeks, raising concerns that the outbreak will take several months to peak.
  • "The alarm bell was going off (in Africa), but we kept hitting the snooze button. Now it's time to wake up and do something about it," said Anne Rimoin, an epidemiology professor at the University of California. "An infection anywhere is potentially an infection everywhere."
  • Related: Bavarian Nordic's Monkeypox Vaccine Scores EU Approval As WHO Declares Global Health Emergency.
  • WHO Europe has forecast slightly above 27,000 monkeypox cases in 88 countries by August 2, up from 17,800 cases in nearly 70 countries at the latest count.
  • Making predictions beyond that are complex, scientists around the world told Reuters. They said there is likely to be sustained transmission for several months, possibly longer.
  • A majority of committee members voted against the move. In an unprecedented step, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared an emergency anyway.
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