Monkeypox: Why I Haven’t Written about It

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Frankly, while it’s in the news, a snippet from a recent WHO report is worth noting:

The sudden and unexpected appearance of monkeypox simultaneously in several non-endemic countries suggests that there might have been undetected transmission for some unknown duration of time followed by recent amplifier events.

World Health Organization

Monkeypox was first identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970. As a lesser cousin of the more serious smallpox disease, it didn’t receive the attention that smallpox did. There was no push to eradicate it as was done with smallpox, and there is no rapid test to determine whether someone has Monkeypox. It simply hasn’t been studied.

For that reason, we really don’t know how many people in Europe or the Americas have had this disease. Covid-era tests for sexually-transmitted diseases are starting to flag this virus, but most people never get those tests. Could other people…

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2 thoughts on “Monkeypox: Why I Haven’t Written about It”

  1. Why don’t we write about the epidemic of herpes duplex? Which is not deadly but really, really painful, and how about cancer, diabetis and cardiac diseases, whereof so many people die? Why are only viruses “interesting”? Some cancers are caused by virus …

    1. New threats are of greater interest to those who report the news for profit or depend on public funding. Lots of money and attention is paid to those diseases you mention. News covers them as “news” when something different happens that editors believe will cause listeners, readers, viewers to read, listen or view their presentation. A small test was reported all over the place yesterday because 100% in the test had positive results for treating a rectal cancer.

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