Should we be worried about monkeypox?

July 13, 2022 804 views 0 comment 1 minute reading time
Should we be worried about monkeypox?

As the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, many have begun forecasting the next global health emergency. The recent emergence of Monkeypox in countries where it doesn’t usually occur – Portugal, Spain, South Africa and the United Kingdom, for instance – has raised concerns about the potential for this viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) to spread more widely. As of 11 July 2022, more than 50 countries have reported outbreaks, with 7,600+ confirmed cases.

Monkeypox, similar to smallpox though clinically less severe, was once found primarily in central and west Africa near tropical rainforests. With its recent appearance in urban areas and non-endemic countries, some wonder if it too could reach pandemic levels. We took our questions to leading experts in the field of epidemiology and public health:

What are your thoughts on the monkeypox virus and the current outbreak? Should governments start preparing for the worst? Do you feel knowledgeable enough about the subject? Share your comments below!