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New Delhi: Monkeypox infection shows no signs of abating and is on track to reach 100,000 cases by August, according to an earlier forecast, leading US epidemiologist and health economist Eric Feigl has warned. Ding.

Around 60 countries have so far reportedly confirmed more than 11,500 cases of the viral illness.

According to Feigl-Ding, infections are expected to see an “exponential increase” of 13,000 cases soon. In light of this, the World Health Organization (WHO) should declare the disease a public health emergency, he noted.

“Exponential rise of nearly 13,000 #monkeypox cases worldwide – with no signs of slowing down – on track to reach 100,000 in August (based on previous forecast),” Feigl-Ding wrote on Twitter.

He also lamented that the response to monkeypox – both in terms of testing and vaccine deployment – is “grossly inadequate” in many countries like the United States. These problems led the monkeypox virus to spread out of control, he noted.

“Testing has been slow – and with it – mitigations and vaccine rollout are slow,” said Feigl-Ding, also co-founder of the Global Health Network (WHN) – a global collaboration of science teams. and citizens.

“That’s why we must demand that @WHO recognize the public health emergency of #monkeypox as a minimum – and declare a pandemic as soon as possible.”

In a Washington Post op-ed, the epidemiologist and other experts wrote an open letter calling for a rapid global response to monkeypox infections to avoid repeating Covid mistakes.

“It’s time for the global public health community to recognize a growing reality: #Monkeypox is now a pandemic – unless we declare an emergency and act quickly to combat it, we risk repeating the same mistakes we made. have committed with Covid,” he said. .

While the WHN declared monkeypox a global health emergency in June, WHO’s International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee, which met on June 23, decided by consensus that at At this point, the outbreak did not warrant a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

“The lessons of not declaring Covid-19 a PHEIC immediately in early January 2020 should be remembered as a history lesson of what acting late on an outbreak can mean for the world,” Feigl-Ding had said.

Meanwhile, the WHO has planned to “reconvene the emergency committee” on July 21 to deliberate on declaring the virus a global health emergency.