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Monkeypox outbreak – lack of research puts communities at risk  On July 23rd 2022 the global outbreak of monkeypox was  declared a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’ by the World Health Organization. Since January 1st 2022 there has been over 35,000 cases of monkeypox worldwide, with over 26,000 confirmed cases in 80... search all news

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Clinical features and management of human monkeypox: a retrospective observational study in the UK. Background: Cases of human monkeypox are rarely seen outside of west and central Africa. There are few data regarding viral kinetics or the duration of viral shedding and no licensed treatments. Two oral drugs, brincidofovir and tecovirimat, have been approved for treatment of smallpox and have...

The changing epidemiology of human monkeypox-a potential threat? A systematic review. Monkeypox, a zoonotic disease caused by an orthopoxvirus, results in a smallpox-like disease in humans. Since monkeypox in humans was initially diagnosed in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it has spread to other regions of Africa (primarily West and Central), and cases outside...

Monkeypox claims new victims: the outbreak in men who have sex with men. Monkeypox has a very prominent regional epidemic. It has been confined to Western and Central African countries. Sporadic cases found in countries outside Africa generally have a history of sojourn in endemic areas. However, the recent multinational outbreak of monkeypox cases in Europe in early...

Monkeypox virus emerges from the shadow of its more infamous cousin: family biology matters. Monkeypox virus (MPXV) is closely related to the infamous variola (smallpox) virus, causing a febrile rash illness in humans similar to but milder than smallpox. In the twentieth century, human monkeypox had been mostly a rare zoonotic disease confined to forested areas in West and Central Africa....

Community transmission of monkeypox in the United Kingdom, April to May 2022. Between 7 and 25 May, 86 monkeypox cases were confirmed in the United Kingdom (UK). Only one case is known to have travelled to a monkeypox virus (MPXV) endemic country. Seventy-nine cases with information were male and 66 reported being gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men. This is...


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