Monkey pox, an epidemic that remains quite mysterious

Joao Luiz Bulcao/Hans Lucas

DECRYPTION – Facilitated human transmission, unusual symptoms… The virus does not seem to behave quite like the one we know in Africa.

Monkeypox epidemic is gaining momentum: three months after the first case was detected in Britain in early May, monkeypox is present in 89 countries, including 82 in which the virus is not usually present here. More than 31,000 cases have already been confirmed, but the number of infected patients could be much higher. This unprecedented outbreak is therefore still not contained, and specialists are wondering about a disease that appears very different from the forms observed so far.

Several recent medical publications have confirmed what infectious disease specialists have been observing for several weeks: monkeypox version 2022 does not resemble the disease described so far. “The cases reported previously concerned mainly children whereas today infected patients are mostly men who have sex with men (MSM). But the clinical picture is also different, with less lesions in particular…

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