Avian Flu Diary: IJID: Increased Outbreaks of Monkeypox Highlight Gaps in Actual Disease Burden in Sub-Saharan Africa

For most infectious disease specialists, Monkeypox has been on their `short-list’ of zoonotic diseases with epidemic potential for years.  Along with (far worse) pathogens like Nipah, Hendra, Lassa Fever, MERS-CoV, a long list of avian flu subtypes, and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever.
While Monkeypox may have jumped the line, it won’t be the last to do so.

We either figure out how to deal with these exotic pathogens in the places where they are simmering quietly under the radar, or we can wait for them to evolve and show up on our doorstep.

Our choice.   

 

Source: Avian Flu Diary: IJID: Increased Outbreaks of Monkeypox Highlight Gaps in Actual Disease Burden in Sub-Saharan Africa