Whilst not our theme much as with the Covid virus some things need to be mentioned and written about to save misinformation, especially in today’s twitterverse. What do we know about Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. The symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. It is not related to chickenpox and was discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research. Despite being named “monkeypox,” the source of the disease remains unknown. However, African rodents and non-human primates (like monkeys) might harbor the virus and infect people. The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970. Prior to the 2022 outbreak, monkeypox had been reported in people in several central and western African countries. Previously, almost all monkeypox cases in people outside of Africa were linked to international travel to countries where the disease commonly occurs or through imported animals. These cases occurred on multiple continents.
According to health and medical experts, including the WHO and the CDC, monkeypox is not a new type of coronavirus and instead belongs to a different family of viruses which, unlike COVID-19, requires very close contact with infectious material to spread. Based on what is known so far, doctors and specialists say the likelihood of monkeypox causing a pandemic is low.
So keep washing your hands and don’t worry. Having said that it is spreading some funny memes!