Monkeypox

This isn’t a virus that, as far as we’re aware, would really take off in a population like COVID. It really requires close contact for human-to-human transmission - Andrea McCollum

Monkeypox

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So, Have You Heard About Monkeypox?

The virus behind monkeypox is a close relative of the one that caused smallpox but is less deadly and less transmissible, causing symptoms that include fever and a rash. Endemic to western and central Africa, it was first discovered in laboratory monkeys in 1958—hence the name—but the wild animals that harbor the virus are probably rodents. The virus occasionally spills over into humans, and such infections have become more common in recent decades. Rarely, monkeypox makes it to other continents, and when it does, outbreaks “are so small, they’re measured in single digits,”

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