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World Health Organization declares monkeypox a ‘global health emergency’

The World Health Organization on Saturday declared a global health emergency over the uncontrolled spread of monkeypox around the world.

There are now more than 16,000 reported cases of the disease in 75 countries and five deaths related to the disease, the WHO said.

So far, New York City has had 839 reported cases, according to the city ​​health department, which warns that “there are probably many more cases that have not been diagnosed”. That’s about a third of the more than 2,400 U.S. cases reported in the United States.

There have been over 16,000 cases of monkeypox worldwide. Above, Tareco Timothy receives the monkeypox vaccine in New York.
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“We have an epidemic that has spread rapidly around the world, via new modes of transmission, of which we understand too little,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

“At the moment, this is an epidemic that is concentrated among men who have sex with men, particularly those who have multiple sex partners,” he added. “That means this is an epidemic that can be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups.”

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cited new modes of transmission as areas of concern in his official statement.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cited new modes of transmission as areas of concern in his official statement.
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Monkeypox is already endemic in Africa.
Monkeypox is already endemic in Africa.
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US officials fear that monkeypox could become an ingrained sexually transmitted disease, like gonorrhea, herpes and HIV. The disease is already endemic in Africa, where people are usually infected by bites from rodents and small animals.