WHO raises Monkeypox to highest level of emergency alert

The World Health Organization has declared the monkeypox outbreak a global emergency, with more than 16,000 cases reported in 75 countries. The White House has welcomed the “call to action” for a coordinated international response, but some lawmakers want the United States to do more.

The Washington Post: WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency as infections soar

The decision to label the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, the highest level of alert the WHO can issue, is expected to mobilize new funds to fight the outbreak and pressure governments to that they act. More than 16,500 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 74 countries. “In short, we have an epidemic that has spread rapidly around the world through new modes of transmission that we understand too little,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Saturday. (Nirappil, 07/23)

The New York Times: WHO declares the spread of monkeypox a global health emergency

The WHO statement signals a public health risk requiring a coordinated international response. Designation can lead member countries to invest significant resources in controlling an outbreak, attracting more funds for the response, and encouraging countries to share vaccines, treatments and other key resources to contain the virus. epidemic. This is the seventh public health emergency since 2007; the Covid pandemic, of course, was the most recent. Some global health experts have criticized the WHO’s criteria for declaring such emergencies as opaque and inconsistent. (Mandavilli, 07/23)

The Washington Post: Confirmation of the first cases of monkeypox in children in the United States

The CDC and public health authorities are still investigating how the children became infected. The two cases are unrelated and fall under different jurisdictions, the agency said in a statement. The toddler is in California; the infant’s case was confirmed while the family was traveling to Washington, DC, but they do not reside there. (Sun and Nirappil, 07/22)

The White House responded to the announcement –

The Hill: White House says WHO statement on monkeypox is ‘a call to action’ to stop its spread

“Today’s decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the current outbreak of monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern is a call to action for the global community to stop the spread of this virus. A coordinated international response is essential to stop the spread of monkeypox, protect communities most at risk of contracting the disease and combat the current outbreak,” Raj Panjabi said in a statement on Saturday. (Vakil, 07/23)

Fox News: White House COVID adviser addresses current monkeypox threat level

White House COVID-19 adviser Dr Ashish Jha has assured Americans that monkeypox poses a “pretty small” threat to the general population even as the World Health Organization (WHO) declares a emergency. “No Americans have died from monkeypox in this outbreak,” Jha said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t know globally – I think it’s a very small number – but no Americans have died from monkeypox, so the risk to the general population is pretty low.” (Aitken, 7/24)

But lawmakers want more –

The Hill: Lawmakers step up pressure on administration over monkeypox

High-ranking members of the House and Senate on both sides of the aisle have asked Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra for answers about what his department is doing to handle the monkeypox outbreak, several legislators questioning what they perceive as a failed answer. (Choi, 07/24)

The Hill: Schiff: “I want to light a fire under the administration” on Monkeypox

“I don’t know why there aren’t more vaccines available. I hear from health care providers in my district that there are people lining up to get vaccinated and they don’t don’t have the vaccines for them, and that’s a real problem,” Schiff told Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” (Oshin, 7/24)

Also –

Dallas Morning News: Dallas County is out of monkeypox vaccines as cases continue to rise

Dallas County is out of monkeypox vaccines as cases continue to rise amid a nationwide vaccine shortage. (Wolf, 07/21)

CIDRAP: Largest monkeypox study to date highlights new symptoms

“This truly global case series has allowed physicians from 16 countries to share their vast clinical experience and many clinical photographs to help other physicians in places where there are fewer cases. We have shown that case definitions current standards should be expanded to add symptoms that are not currently included, such as sores in the mouth, on the anal mucosa and simple ulcers,” said Chloe Orkin, PhD, of Queen Mary University of London, in a university press release (07/22)