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WHO Holds Emergency Meeting to Discuss Monkeypox Outbreak

HeadlineMay 23, 2022

The World Health Organization held an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the recent outbreak of monkeypox outside of areas where the virus is endemic. The WHO has documented 120 confirmed or suspected cases, mostly in Europe. The first confirmed case in the United States was reported in Boston. Monkeypox is usually spread between people after close, skin-on-skin contact, making it far less contagious than the coronavirus. Scientists say the fatality rate for the form of the monkeypox virus being found in Europe is less than 1%.

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