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WHO declares monkeypox emergency: 5 things to know

Countries rush to offer vaccines against disease that carries symptoms similar to smallpox

A monkeypox vaccine is administered at a U.S. clinic. The vaccine supply in the New York region has been unable to keep up with demand.   © Reuters

VIENNA/TOKYO -- Monkeypox, a tropical disease with symptoms similar to smallpox, has prompted the World Health Organization's latest international health emergency declaration at a time when the international community is still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference Saturday after a meeting of the U.N. health agency's emergency committee.

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