Monkeypox: Some Keys to Understand This Emerging Disease

Monkeypox has entered our lives when we have not yet fully recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. This close relative of the smallpox virus was restricted to tropical Africa, except on rare occasions when it caused human cases in the US, UK, Singapore, or Israel. Cases have recently been identified in multiple countries in at least the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. Fortunately, it produces much milder clinical symptoms and a much lower mortality rate than smallpox, but even so, we have learned not to overlook any possible pathogen, and there are many unknowns about the disease. What population groups does it affect? Could it cause a pandemic? What is the animal reservoir? Do animals suffer from monkeypox as much as humans?

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