Australia makes monkeypox a disease of national concern – My Crush Live News

Australia said on Thursday that the monkeypox outbreak was now a “communicable disease incident of national concern” to allow for a more coordinated response, after the World Health Organization declared it a global health emergency.

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said in a statement that the National Incident Center had been activated to improve coordination across Australia’s states and territories to deal with the outbreak.

Kelly said there had been 44 cases of monkeypox in Australia, with most cases in returning international travelers, and worldwide this year there had been 20,311 cases in 71 countries that had not yet reported cases of monkeypox.

He said the disease is less harmful and much less contagious than COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) is in the process of renaming the monkeypox virus.

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