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What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin

What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin

ON May 18, 2022, Massachusetts health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a single case of monkeypox in a patient who had recently travelled to Canada. Cases have also been reported in the United Kingdom and Europe. Author RODNEY E. ROHDE, Regents' Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science, Texas State University Monkeypox isn’t a new disease. The first confirmed human case was in 1970, when the virus was isolated from a child suspected of having smallpox in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Monkeypox is unlikely to cause another pandemic, but with COVID-19 top of mind, fear…
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