Israel: Sixth Case Of Monkey Pox Detected

Israel’s Health Ministry said on Thursday that a 46-year-old tourist was found to have symptoms of monkeypox, bringing the country’s tally of cases to six.

The ministry said the tourist went to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv and tested positive on tests for the virus taken at the Biological Institute.

Faced with the “worrying” spread of monkeypox, reported in nearly 40 countries, the WHO will convene a meeting next week to assess whether the virus represents a “public health emergency of international concern”.

Less than a week after calling on states to “control the outbreak”, the Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Tuesday deemed the spread of the epidemic “unusual and worrying”.

“The situation requires a coordinated response,” he said at a press conference, announcing the June 23 convening of the WHO emergency committee.

Since the beginning of May, more than 1,600 confirmed cases have been reported in 39 countries, including 32 where the disease is not endemic – and where no death has yet been recorded.

Usually circulating in Central and West Africa, the virus is present in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, North America and South America.

Counting on the help of international experts to “better understand” monkeypox, the WHO is also considering “changing the name of the virus”, said Dr Tedros, promising “announcements as soon as possible” on this point. .

The priority nevertheless remains “to help countries contain transmission and stop the epidemic” by “proven” means such as “surveillance, contact tracing and isolation of infected patients”, he said. recalled.

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