Monkeypox has reached 19 countries as the world continues to ask if it will be the next pandemic to ravage the world. According to the World Health Organization, there are currently 131 confirmed cases of monkeypox in 19 countries, with another 106 suspected cases. The incident was “random” but “containable,” according to experts, and was likely started by sexual activity at recent raves in Spain and Belgium.
Despite the fact that the world is still recovering from the impacts of the covid epidemic, the emergence of a new sickness has many people on edge.
Bobby Ghosh of Bloomberg Opinion moderated a live Twitter Space conversation with Bloomberg Intelligence senior pharmaceutical analyst Sam Fazeli to learn more about the sickness and whether we should be concerned.
The number of viruses that circulate in nature appears to be infinite. One of them happens to be this. It’s an orthopoxvirus, which causes diseases such as chickenpox and smallpox. In terms of mortality, monkeypox is less of an issue than smallpox. The virus that is now spreading appears to be an endemic strain in West Africa.
In 2003, there was a 71-case outbreak in the United States, which was caused by imported rats from Ghana, not by a person traveling. Pet prairie dogs were then infected by the rodents, who eventually infected people. There was a chance of local transmission back then, but it was definitely transmitted from animals to people. From bird flu to covid, this is a challenge we’re dealing with in many of these viral outbreaks.