The World Health Organization (WHO) convenes the emergency committee because of the monkeypox cases in numerous countries. The expert council decides whether – as with the corona virus – it is a “health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC).

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has convened the emergency committee for next week out of concern about the increasing number of cases of monkeypox around the world. The committee is to decide whether – as in the case of Corona – it is a “health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). The emergency committee is scheduled to meet on June 23, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday.

The declaration of emergency is the highest level of alert that the WHO can impose. Such a declaration has no direct practical consequences, but is intended to wake up the member countries. An emergency has been in effect since the end of January 2020 due to the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus. As of Tuesday, the WHO had reported more than 1,600 cases of monkeypox worldwide and nearly 1,500 suspected cases from 39 countries. 32 of those countries had no known cases before May.

According to the RKI, the number of monkeypox detections in Germany has currently increased by more than 200. According to the institute, eleven federal states have reported those affected by the viral disease. There are particularly many in Berlin, where 142 cases were registered as of Monday. The risk assessment of the RKI continues: “According to current knowledge, the RKI assesses a risk to the health of the general population in Germany as low.”

Monkeypox is considered a less serious disease compared to smallpox, which has been eradicated since 1980. Experts had warned of the virus spreading, for example at upcoming festivals and parties. According to the RKI, the incubation period is 5 to 21 days. Symptoms (including fever and skin rash, for example) usually go away on their own within a few weeks, but can lead to medical complications and, in very rare cases, death in some people.

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