CARIBBEAN-WHO declares end of Monkeypox Emergency.


GENEVA, CMC – The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the end of the Monkeypox emergency, calling for sustained efforts for the long-term management of the disease.

WHO said that after the Emergency Committee on Monkeypox (mpox) met on Thursday and advised that the multi-country outbreak is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), given the sustained decline in cases.

“The Committee noted a significant decline in the number of reported cases compared to the previous reporting period and no changes in the severity and clinical manifestation of the disease,” the WHO said.

“The Committee acknowledged remaining uncertainties about the disease, regarding modes of transmission in some countries, poor quality of some reported data, and continued lack of effective countermeasures in the African countries, where pox occurs regularly.

“The Committee considered, however, that these are long-term challenges that would be better addressed through sustained efforts in a transition towards a long-term strategy to manage the public health risks posed by pox, rather than the emergency measures inherent to a public health emergency of international concern,” it added.

The WHO said the Committee emphasized the necessity for long-term partnerships to mobilize the needed financial and technical support for sustaining surveillance, control measures, and research to eliminate human-to-human transmission and mitigate zoonotic messages, where possible.

“Integration of pox prevention, preparedness, and response within national surveillance and control programs, including for HIV and other sexually transmissible infections, was reiterated as an important element of this longer-term transition,” the WHO said.

In particular, the Committee noted that the gains in control of the multi-country outbreak of pox had been achieved mainly in the absence of outside funding support and that longer-term control and elimination are likely only if such consent is provided.

“These sustained investments will, in the long run, save money and lives, and reduce the risk of a global resurgence of pox, as well as the risk of reverse zoonosis resulting in new areas where the virus may circulate,” the WHO said.


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