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What the World Needed Now Was a Monkeypox Outbreak

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19.05.2022

Things have been so calm on the infectious-disease front lately. Why not throw another obscure virus into the mix?

Cases of monkeypox, a virus typically confined to West and Central Africa, have recently turned up in several countries, including the U.K., Spain, Portugal, Canada, Italy, and, as of Wednesday, the U.S. The first American case was recorded in Massachusetts, in a man who had recently traveled to Canada, where there are 13 known cases. Health authorities said he was in “good condition” and “poses no risk to the public.”

But there are now multiple monkeypox clusters around the world — unusual for a rarely seen virus that does not transmit easily between humans, and highly suggestive of that dreaded phenomenon: community spread. In the U.K., the first case was........

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