The World Health Organization (WHO) has convened an emergency committee because of monkeypox. On June 23, she wants to decide whether – like Corona – it is a “health emergency of international importance”. What that would mean.

There are now more than 2,500 cases, although in May it was still believed that monkeypox could be easily isolated. That didn’t work. The virus is now infecting people in three dozen countries where it doesn’t normally occur. In Germany alone, the authorities count around 500 cases. Another spread: likely. Mortality has been very low so far, but that could change if the virus spreads to more vulnerable groups.