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How can the global monkeypox outbreak be controlled?

With the number of confirmed cases exceeding 3500, the World Health Organization’s emergency committee may declare it a public health emergency of international concern – its highest alert level – in the coming days

Health 24 June 2022

A medical laboratory technician prepares to test suspected monkeypox samples at the microbiology laboratory of La Paz Hospital in Madrid, Spain on 6 June

A medical laboratory technician prepares to test suspected monkeypox samples at the microbiology laboratory of La Paz Hospital in Madrid, Spain, on 6 June

Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Far from being brought under control, the monkeypox outbreak is growing rapidly, with the number of confirmed cases doubling to more than 3500 in the past week. The World Health Organization (WHO)’s emergency committee may declare it a public health emergency of international concern – its highest alert level – in the coming days. But how can it be controlled?

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