Monkeypox 2022: WHO declares public health emergency

Monkeypox 2022: WHO declares public health emergency

The World Health Organization has declared the monkeypox outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the outbreak is spreading rapidly and there is a "clear risk of further international spread."

The monkeypox outbreak is largely among men who have sex with men and have multiple sexual partners.

There are more than 16,000 cases recorded globally. The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 2,891 cases in the US.

There are vaccines available for monkeypox, but the supplies are strained.

The US Department of Health and Human Services has delivered 191,000 doses to states and city health departments.

The federal government is expected to have close to 7 million doses by mid-2023.

Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick or has a rash, wash your hands and avoid animals when traveling.