Monday, May 23, 2022

Doctors Are Stumped by a Rare Monkeypox Outbreak

Presume deliberate transmission and the purpose is to promote ongoing fear. It is too easy to interdict natural transmission.  The fact that homosexuals have shown up at all suggests the how.  Otherwise we would have zero such cases until we had wider distributiion.

We already suspect the first global distribution of COV 19 was a CCP military operation.  Or at least I certainly do.  The Omicron likely followed the same pathway.  This is far more difficult and demands real contact mostly with an infected person or an immune person carrying the fluids.  Obviously mixing this into K gel would get the job done.

All this presumes deliberate action by individuals.  So stay away from all sexual gels in case we have a deliberately infected batch out there been shipped everywhere.  Nasty trick and too clever by far.  This coulod be tracible.

Doctors Are Stumped by a Rare Monkeypox Outbreak

So far, health officials have detected cases in Europe, Canada and the United States

Daily CorrespondentMay 20, 2022 3:49 p.m.

The monkeypox virus. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health officials are perplexed by a recent outbreak of monkeypox, an unpleasant virus that can cause fluid-filled blisters on the skin. So far, doctors have detected around 80 cases of the disease around the world, including in England, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, France and the United States, but they’re not sure how or why it’s spreading, reports NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff.

Though the case count is small, health officials are concerned that the virus could be spreading through a novel, as-yet-undetected mode of transmission. People typically contract the disease by coming into contact with an infected animal’s bodily fluid. Despite the name, it typically gets transmitted by rodents, not monkeys, in West or Central Africa, per NPR. Once the virus reaches a human host, it’s not a particularly contagious disease and is typically only spread via close contact with bodily fluids, such as saliva or pus from the pox.

These recent cases are a mystery because most of the patients had not recently visited Africa, nor did they have contact with anyone who traveled there. Evidence may also suggest that the virus is spreading via sexual contact, which is “a novel route of transmission that will have implications for outbreak response and control,” as Mateo Prochazka, an epidemiologist with the UK Health Security Agency, tweeted this week. Some of the cases occurred among people who self-identify as men who have sex with men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Epidemiologists are puzzled by the recent outbreak of monkeypox, which is typically transmitted via close contact with infected rodents in Africa. Pixabay

Researchers detected the first case of monkeypox in 1958, when two outbreaks spread among monkeys used for research, according to the CDC. The first human case of the disease occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970. In the years since, it’s primarily been found in central and western African nations, including Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone, though the majority of infections remain in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Symptoms in humans are similar to those of smallpox: In addition to the signature pox, the virus causes fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, back pain and chills, per the CDC. It also causes the lymph nodes to swell, which is a major difference from smallpox. The lesions typically form on the face, then spread to other parts of the body. Eventually, they dry into scabs and fall off.

Overall, the illness persists for two to four weeks. In Africa, it kills as many as 10 percent of people who become infected, per the CDC. There is no treatment for monkeypox, but vaccines, antivirals and vaccinia immune globulin can be used to help control outbreaks, the CDC says.

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