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WHO Declares Monkeypox Global Health Emergency

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The World Health Organization, on Saturday, officially declared the Monkeypox disease a global health emergency.

The global health body noted that it activated its highest alert level for the growing Monkeypox outbreak, making the virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Monkeypox, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, is a rare viral zoonotic infectious disease (i.e. an infection transmitted from animals to humans) that is endemic in areas in and near tropical rainforests in Central and West Africa.

“It is caused by the Monkeypox virus which belongs to the same Orthopoxviral genus and Poxviridae family of viruses as the Variola virus (Smallpox virus), the Vaccinia virus (used in smallpox vaccine for eradication program), and the cowpox virus (used in earlier generations of smallpox vaccines) and some other viruses.

Reports from Nigeria, according to the NCDC confirmed 101 cases of Monkeypox in 2022, its highest figure since 2017 when the disease re-emerged.


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