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Monkeypox spreads UK, Spain, Portugal, US!
It is Nurgle season !
First, I am experiencing severe internet issues, both mobile and fiber, one of the reasons to explain the silence lately. Might get sorted out soon (couple days).
A few days ago, the UK announced this.
Two more cases of monkeypox identified by UKHSA
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has detected 2 additional cases of monkeypox, one in London and one in the South East of England.
The latest cases bring the total number of monkeypox cases confirmed in England since 6 May to 9, with recent cases predominantly in gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men (MSM).
The 2 latest cases have no travel links to a country where monkeypox is endemic, so it is possible they acquired the infection through community transmission.
The first few cases had travel links to countries where monkeypox is endemic, so I shrugged it off as some sort of immune suppression getting in contact with people from endemic areas. Well, I guess I was overly optimistic or outright wrong.
There's a monkeypox outbreak in England, Portugal and Spain. The outbreak is quite small – just 36 suspected cases spread across the three countries, including 8 in England and 20 in Portugal. A case in the U.S. has also been reported.
But health officials have little clue where people caught the virus. And there's concern the virus may be spreading through the community – undetected – and possibly through a new route of transmission.
"This [outbreak] is rare and unusual," epidemiologist Susan Hopkins, who's the chief medical adviser of the U.K. Health Security Agency [UKHSA], said in a statement on Monday.
"Exactly where and how they [people] acquired their infections remains under urgent investigation," the agency said in a statement.
A reminder that after the eradication of smallpox in 1977, the vaccinations efforts against the disease, which protects against monkeypox went low to nonexistent, and a good percentage of the population has little to no immunity against pox-diseases. All pox share very similar presentations, and distinguishing in a clinical setting can be hard.
Would be a shame if governments decided to force draconian measures to stop the spread of an aerosol virus, a true exercise in futility and as a consequence suppressed the immune system of hundreds of millions, and further suppressed by using a badly designed, highly inflammatory protein… A true shame.
By the way, if you are worried, or concerned, quite a few forecasting outfits and forecasters expected new epidemics. Pandemics are never scot-free, they were always followed by minor outbreaks of other diseases. Plague always follow plague, and from an immunological perspective makes complete sense.
I wouldn’t worry too much unless by next week we have 10.000 pox infected around the world…