More Monkeypox Cases in the News

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Written by Bernie Carr

A few months ago, I posted about a developing story about monkeypox, a viral disease that is similar to smallpox, but milder. I really hoped it was an isolated story, and nothing would ever come of it.

More cases of monkeypox have been found

It turns out, a few countries that never used to see cases are now seeing patients with it:

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to investigate a situation in which a U.S. resident tested positive for monkeypox on May 18 after returning to the U.S. from Canada.

CDC is also tracking multiple clusters of monkeypox that have been reported in early- to mid-May in several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including in Europe and North America.

Source: CDC

Britain reported 20 new cases, Spain and Portugal reported new cases as well.

There is a vaccine

It is unknown at the moment why it appears to be spreading.

Nigeria reports about 3,000 monkeypox cases a year, the WHO said. Outbreaks are usually in rural areas, when people have close contact with infected rats and squirrels, Tomori said. He said many cases are likely missed.

WHO’s Europe director, Dr. Hans Kluge, described the outbreak as “atypical,” saying the appearance of the disease in so many countries across the continent suggested that “transmission has been ongoing for some time.” He said most of the European cases are mild.


Fortunately, there is a vaccine for monkeypox, and the U.S. has ordered 13 million additional doses of the vaccine.

Right now, this is still a developing story and bears watching. For more information, check the CDC site on monkeypox.

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About the author:

Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.

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