This month we’ve witnessed the global Avian flu outbreak, chocolates laced with salmonella, severe hepatitis of unknown cause among children, Ebola outbreak in Central Africa, the first Polio case in Mozambique in 30 years, and . . . a global outbreak of monkeypox. I partnered with Dr.
The Monkeypox threat further reinforces the need for a robust, data-driven disease monitoring system. We still have significant blindspots in the US (and the world) and a broad system would give us the vision we need to monitor and battle these pathogens.
Sadly, I think the answer to the question "Have we learned anything?" will be "No."
Listening to you right now on WNYC with Brian Lehrer! Great job!
I'm so happy this discussion on Monkeypox has come up. Final thoughts:. The poxviruses are well worth being on our radar and there is a newly identified chordopoxvirus, MN692191 tentatively called BPoPV, that might develop into a western hemisphere equivalent of monkeypox. Same dynamic of human encroachment and an animal carrier. Contagion possible through bushmeat, but no human cases so far...which bodes well. Genomic analysis in CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases Dispatch vol 27, no. 4.
For those of us who got smallpox vaccines in childhood 35-40 years ago, are we still protected?
As if we don’t already have enough to keep us up at night! Thank you for joining the conversation on Monkeypox. Personally, I feel as if Mother Nature is trying her darnedest to reduce the human population since we are the primary cause of her demise. . .
Hi Katelyn, My wife and I were vaccinated against small pox when we were kids 40 years ago. does this offer any protection?
Does the progression of the disease always lead to symptoms? If this thing were to become widespread, it is doubtful there will be much anti-mask sentiment.
Thanks for this update. I was looking forward to it!