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Could a pandemic come out of the Monkeypox spread?

As society attempts to recover from the most recent COVID-19 pandemic, many are starting to hear of and worry about the Monkeypox disease.

monkeypox visual graphic showing spread from sexual contact

Britain has already asked that infected residents stop having sexual intercourse.


Those were previously infected are asked to wear protection for up to 8 weeks following the initial illness.

The WHO recently shared that they view the risk of Monkeypox spreading globally as moderate.

While the spread sounds concerning, the good news is that it is unlikely to turn into another pandemic so soon after the last one.


What is Monkeypox and how did we get here?

Monkeypox was first discovered in the 1970s in Africa.

The disease has stayed in that area, until recently.


Symptoms include

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rashes
  • Muscle aches
  • Back pain


Skin to skin contact and bodily fluids will spread the disease.

According to Quartz, 1-3% of cases are fatal, but many clear up within 2-4 weeks.

There is no vaccine for Monkeypox, but its similarities to the smallpox virus lead experts to believe the smallpox vaccine is effective.


Risk to the public

Overall, a pandemic happening out of the spread of this virus is not likely to occur.

There is still a cause for concern with the disease becoming a health concern over it becoming a human pathogen.

Right now, the goal is to contain the spread as much as possible with isolation and abstaining from intercourse in areas where the spread is high.


Click here to learn more about symptoms and how to deal with the disease.

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