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Uh oh, the next pandemic? I hope not

The WHO has just declared a high alert on monkeypox There are now 16,000 cases in 75 countries.

From the article:

The current monkeypox outbreak is highly unusual because it is spreading widely in North American and European nations where the virus is not usually found. Historically, monkeypox has spread at low levels in remote parts of West and Central Africa where rodents and other animals carried the virus.

Europe is currently the global epicenter of the outbreak, reporting more than 80% of confirmed infections worldwide in 2022. The U.S. has reported more than 2,500 monkeypox cases so far across 44 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Monkeypox doesnt spread as easily as Covid and there are vaccines. But still........

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Yeah, it takes fairly close contact to transmit, and one unexpected benefit of being old...your old smallpox vaccine might still give you a little immunity.

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I think that we will all want to be careful about stigmatizing/stereotyping this disease or people that contract this disease. So often we don't know what we don't know. I imagine there is still quite a bit to learn here.