With the COVID-19 pandemic still fresh in the minds of the people around the world, it comes as no surprise that recent outbreaks of another virus are grabbing headlines. Monkeypox outbreaks have now been reported in multiple countries, and it has scientists paying close attention. For everyone else, numerous questions come to the surface: How serious is this virus? How contagious is it? Could Monkeypox develop into a new pandemic?
What is Monkeypox? Monkeypox is a virus in the Orthopoxvirus genus which also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox) and cowpox virus. The primary symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a distinctive bumpy rash. There are two major strains of the virus that pose very different risks: Congo Basin strain: 1 in 10 people infected with this strain have died. West African strain: Approximately 1 in 100 people infected with this strain died. At the moment, health authorities in the UK have indicated they’re seeing the milder strain in patients there.
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