WHO committee discusses whether monkeypox outbreak is global health emergency

An emergency committee of the World Health Organization has met to discuss whether the current outbreak of monkeypox constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

Experts from around the world gathered on Thursday to consider the latest information about the disease.

The WHO said Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will study the results of the discussions and decide within a few days whether to declare the monkeypox outbreak an emergency.

The WHO Regional Office for Europe said 2,746 cases of monkeypox had been confirmed in 29 countries and territories, mainly in Europe, as of Tuesday.

The WHO currently lists outbreaks of polio and COVID-19 as such emergencies.