The World Health Organization on Thursday declared an end to a global health emergency over mpox, the rare but potentially serious disease formerly known as monkeypox.

Over the past three months, countries have reported nearly 90% fewer cases compared to the previous three-month period, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday.

«Yesterday, the mpox emergency committee met and recommended to me that the multi-country outbreak of mpox no longer represents a public health emergency of international concern. I accepted that advice. And I am pleased to declare that mpox is no longer a public health emergency of international concern.» world emergency». health emergency,» Tedros said.

The WHO issued the emergency declaration in July amid a global spike in cases.

More than 87,000 cases and 140 deaths have been reported in 111 countries since January 2022, According to the WHO.

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