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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