The World Health Organization (WHO) is to determine whether monkeypox is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
WHO body the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee will convene experts at the meeting.
The virus, only seen in areas of central and western Africa before now, has not yet caused any deaths in newly affected countries. However, people have died in previous outbreaks.
f the outbreak is declared an emergency of international concern, it will require an internationally coordinated response to stop the spread.
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