WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency as infection count rises

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According to WHO, monkeypox is a viral zoonotic infection caused by the monkeypox virus. It spreads mostly from human contact.

WHO said that monkeypox outbreak in several countries in an ‘extraordinary’ situation. A global emergency is WHO’s highest level of alert, but the designation does not necessarily mean a disease is particularly transmissible or lethal

The World Health Organization said the expanding Monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that now qualifies as a global emergency, a declaration Saturday that could spur further investment in treating the once-rare disease and worsen the scramble for scarce vaccines.