WHO emergency committee experts assess outbreak of monkeypox

The World Health Organization has convened an emergency committee meeting in response to a recent outbreak of monkeypox.

The committee's experts from across the world began discussions on Thursday to assess whether the spread of the epidemic constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. They are believed to be looking at the latest data on the disease.

The WHO's regional branch in Europe says that 2,746 people in 29 countries and territories, mainly in Europe, had been confirmed infected with monkeypox as of Tuesday.

Based on discussions by the experts, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is expected to determine within a few days whether he will declare a public health emergency of international concern.

Currently, outbreaks of polio and COVID-19 are listed by the WHO as such emergencies.