WHO Labels Monkeypox A Global Emergency

The World Health Organization has now declared the monkeypox outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the highest level of alert the WHO can issue.
(stock photo of man with monkeypox via Depositphotos)

The World Health Organization has now declared the worldwide outbreak of monkeypox a global emergency – technically a Public Health Emergency of International Concern – the highest level of alert the WHO can issue.

The announcement is expected to marshal new funding and to pressure governments into action. More than 16,500 cases have been reported in 75 countries.

From the Washington Post:

Monkeypox has spread across the world at an unprecedented rate in the last two months. The zoonotic virus, which causes flu-like symptoms and rashes that spread across the body, has been around for decades and is endemic in parts of Africa. But infections during the latest outbreak have surged in countries that have not historically reported monkeypox.

Infections in the ongoing outbreak are reported overwhelmingly among men who have sex with men, and experts believe close contact during sexual activity is a major driver of transmission.

The virus transmits through other forms of skin-to-skin contact and in households through prolonged respiratory spread and the sharing of contaminated items. Authorities have also reported small numbers of women and children infected with monkeypox.

Many in the LGBTQ community are concerned monkeypox is being labeled by some as a “gay disease.” But this isn’t a sexually

At this writing, Spain has the most reported cases at more than 3,100 infections according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. is second with almost 2,900 reported infections, and Germany and the U.K. have over 2,200 cases each.

While gay men in major cities are lining up to get the vaccine, most cities don’t have the vaccine in stock or don’t know how to handle the situation.

Here in Las Vegas, I called the Clark County Health District and they had no info, no vaccine. They told me to call the CDC. The CDC told me to call my personal medical provider. My doctor told me there’s no vaccine in all of Las Vegas, and that may be the situation for weeks or months.

Hopefully, declaring monkeypox a global emergency will get things moving faster.