The global monkeypox outbreak began in early May 2022. Since then, more than 15,000 cases of monkey pox have been identified in more than 60 countries. Illness caused by the monkeypox virus usually involves a fever and swelling of the lymph nodes for a few days followed by result, which can leave scars. Most cases in the current outbreak have resolved without hospitalization or the need for medication. From July 20there have been five deaths, all in Africa.
Monkeypox is related to the smallpox virus and immunity to smallpox is protective against monkeypox. But from 1980smallpox has been eradicated in humans and smallpox vaccinations have become rare – and cases of monkeypox in humans are on the rise.
With Monkeypox, the world is facing a very different situation than it was in the early days of Covid-19. Monkeypox, unlike SARS-CoV-2, is a known amount. We have more tools to prevent and treat it – far more than we had before Covid-19 at the start of the pandemic – and both public health and the general public have had a lot of practice taking measures to prevent infections from spreading. to spread.
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