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Monkeypox how worried should we be?

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    Posted: November 18 2017 at 6:09pm
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Monkeypox On The Rise: How Worried Should We Be?

OPB News-16 Nov. 2017
And how dangerous is it compared to other threats, like Ebola or H7N9 bird flu? To get the lowdown, we talked to two monkeypox experts: Anne Rimoin at the ...
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Monkeypox is closely related to smallpox. “They are clinically indistinguishable,” Rimoin says. “So for centuries, doctors have likely mistaken monkeypox for smallpox.”

Then in 1970s, the world was close to eradicating smallpox. Cases plummeted. And doctors in Central Africa started noticing another disease that looked like smallpox but didn’t spread as well between people. It was monkeypox.

There are several other virus related to smallpox, including cowpox and camelpox. “I would be more worried about camelpox than monkeypox,” Rimion says, “because that’s closer on the genetic tree to smallpox.”

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