With the recent headlines suggesting a new disease is spreading, the latest reports are saying we have now had two reported cases in Australia of this disease.
The two cases that have allegedly been discovered have occurred in Melbourne and Sydney. The SBS reported that both cases were men who recently returned from Europe.
Reports are suggesting people do not panic and be as educated on the topic as possible. It is allegedly unknown how the situation will unravel and what effect it will have globally, but so far, according to C Raina MacIntyre, a Professor of Global Biosecurity, and a member of the Kirby Institute at UNSW, Monkeypox is caused by an othopoxvirus and is closely related to variola, the disease that was apparently the cause of smallpox. MacIntyre alleges the disease only infects humans, but it is typically caused by a monkey or some other infected animal scratching or biting human flesh.
She claims that as a respiratory disease, monkeypox can spread without contact with other humans. Usually, it will only spread to close contacts and the symptoms include fever, headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, and muscle ache which can occur a week or two after infection.
One to three days after infection, skin eruptions may appear across the hands, feet, and face and it is suggested that if you have been in contact with a person who has recently returned from Europe, or if you, yourself have recently been there, you should monitor for these symptoms.
MacIntyre says there are two types of this disease, one with a fatality rate of 1 percent and the other at 10 percent. She also says Children who contract it will have it more severely than adults.
The outbreak in the United Kingdom appears to be less severe with a similar low fatality rate as COVID.
Monkeypox was purportedly discovered in 1970, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Information suggests it has been re-emerging since 2017 with outbreaks observed in Nigeria. The recent outbreak has allegedly been traced back to an individual who travelled to the UK from Nigeria. Scientists are perplexed at its re-emergence, but they suspect a waning immunity from smallpox could be part of it.
MacIntyre claims, “This is an unusual outbreak, with unrelated cases in different locations in the UK. This could be explained by substantial numbers of asymptomatic infections, but asymptomatic infection is uncommon and usually in people who have had the smallpox vaccine.”
Mass vaccination is not warranted because of the side effects, which can be quite serious in some people. The most efficient strategy to prevent spread is to identify close contacts and vaccinate them with the second and third generation of smallpox vaccines according to MacIntyre.
On Monday a senior World Health Organisation official claimed the most likely theory to explain the spread of the disease was sexual behaviour at two raves in Belgium and Spain.
After the way the general public has been treated globally, purportedly on the advice of the World Health Organisation, a large number of people are finding it difficult to trust anything that is said by the WHO or its representatives. In light of this, it would be appropriate for experts who are not tied up with the WHO, or big pharma to conduct independent studies into this disease to clarify details about it to the public.
The SBS also reported that clusters of the disease have occurred among men who have sex with men, “a pattern not seen before”.
A well-studied outbreak in the United States apparently linked the outbreak to imported animals and it suggests that three in twenty cases was asymptomatic – and that they had subsequently been vaccinated. The other 17 cases allegedly had a rash.