The WHO has declared monkeypox as a public health emergency of global concern on a meeting held on 21st July, 2022. Now, just about 2 weeks later, the White House has also declared monkeypox as a public health emergency.
Monkeypox is a virus from the family Poxviridae which manifests within 5-21 days after exposure. It’s a virus which affects humans as well as some other animals, and its symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, fever, and a rash with blisters. Men who have intercourse with other men are at the most at risk for this condition.
In an unusual turn of events, a split emergency committee which ruled 9-6 in favour of not declaring this a global health emergency was overrule by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organisation’s director general. There’s a high threshold to be met for declaring a disease as a public health emergency of global concern, so while some are skeptical about this decision, other medical professionals are equally concerned about the progression of this outbreak.