Is monkeypox a world health emergency? The WHO will decide next week.

The World Health Organization is convening its emergency committee next week to decide whether the monkeypox outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern — the world’s highest health alert.

The meeting should help international coordination on the response now that monkeypox has spread to at least 39 countries, which have in total reported more than 1,600 confirmed cases and an additional 1,500 suspected cases to the WHO.

The virus is endemic in only seven of those nations, which also have reported 72 deaths. The newly affected countries have not reported

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