I’ve never seen Monkeypox spread like this before

Monkeypox is spreading around the globe in a way that hasn’t been spread before. Scientists at CDC collaborate with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials 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. They’re also tracking multiple clusters of monkeypox cases reported this month in several countries that don’t usually report monkeypox, including Europe and North America. This is why it becomes such a concern.

It’s not clear how people in those clusters were exposed to the monkeypox virus, but some of the known causes include people who self-identify as men who have sex with men. 

So let’s jump into what monkeypox is and the most important things you need to know – what causes it, how to prevent it, the symptoms, and its treatment. Monkeypox is an orthopoxvirus, and it was first isolated in the late 1950s from a colony of sick monkeys. The virus itself is basically the brother of the smallpox virus, but person-to-person spread and mortality are MUCH smaller compared to smallpox. It is widely believed that the monkeypox virus has infected humans for thousands of years in sub-Saharan Africa but wasn’t actually identified as a cause of disease in HUMANS until the 1970s in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Of all the reported 59 cases in the 1970s, 17% of them died.

How did these individuals get it?
They were exposed to small forest animals, like rodents, squirrels, and monkeys.

With the African outbreak from 1996 to 1998, the mortality rate was 5%. The first outbreak of monkeypox in the Western Hemisphere occurred in the United States in 2003. This virus is typically acquired through contact with an infected animal’s bodily fluids or through a bite. Monkeys and humans are incidental hosts. The most likely culprit animal for being the reservoir host…rodents. Including prairie dogs.

That US outbreak in 2003 consisted of 71 cases in the US; they identified and traced the infection back to prairie dogs, which appeared to have acquired the virus from African rodents when the two species were housed at a distribution center in Illinois. It’s also important to note that a complex exposure, such as a bite wound from an infected animal, is more likely to cause severe infection than a non-complex exposure, such as simply touching the prairie dog. Although person-to-person transmission could not be excluded, most human cases had direct exposure to animals.

But unfortunately, Human-to-human transmission can also occur. One way is via large respiratory droplets. But unlike COVID, the virus isn’t really good at spreading this way. For example, droplet transmission likely requires prolonged face-to-face contact for 3+ hours. This virus is more likely to spread when close contact with infectious skin lesions, especially during sex.

All in all, most of those cases were identified in men who have sex with men. So what happens if you get the virus? The incubation time, meaning the time of exposure to the time of developing the illness, is about 12 days….but most monkeypox infections are asymptomatic. If you do get symptoms, you’re looking for fevers, chills, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes, with the famous painful, non-itchy rash you see in all the pictures. Typically, about 2 days after the fever starts, the rash appears on the chest and back and spreads outward to the palms and soles of the feet. The lesions are around 0.5 to 1 centimeter in size. They start out as spots and then progress over the next few weeks to form vesicles and pustules, and in the end, they scab up and slough off.

Doctor Mike Hansen, MD
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  1. Oh, so it is another control factor for the Democrats to be hurled at We the Peasants, the Payers of their Income! Get your masks ready.

    After all, as of yesterday, there was 1 person in America diagnosed with Monkey Pox… and UP TO 4 who are suspected of possibly having Monkey Pox. 1, 2, 3, PANIC!

  2. I did ask the question on another medical channel and no response.
    Because Monkey Pox is viral, and to my knowledge there is no vaccine, will Ivermectin work to protect and reduce the spread, and have any studies or trials been conducted?

  3. The world never learned from the creation of killer bees. Humans are their own worst enemy's. I believe the oceans were put there for a reason. Fly around the world and spread viruses. We should ban flights over the ocean, and go back to ships only.

  4. Monitor the infections against the serial number of covid vaccine given . See if there is any consistency in vaccine lots and infectious cases .
    Maybe another planned pandemic .
    I smell a rat somewhere.

  5. Interestingly, the Ebola outbreak that happened in the US back in 2014 was a result of a man that had just returned from West Africa (Nigeria) as well. All this is just a byproduct of increased globalism in the past two decades. People traveling back and forth around the world more frequently. Unfortunately, I think we can expect more of this kind of thing in coming years.

  6. Although different in nature and presentation, another pox-related disease comes to mind: Shingles (Herpes Zoster). In my case, a highly compromised immune system, further weakened by long-term treatments of biologics, made me a true "sitting duck." The usually prescribed short-term antiviral therapy proved unsuccessful, and I ended up spending 8 very itchy and really painful days in hospital. Herpes Zoster came from within, from my having had chickenpox as a child, not from any physical contact with a pustule-covered being. But I was contagious until my pustules crusted over. What a bummer!

  7. What bothers me is all the conspiracy theorists 🤦🏽‍♀️ I wish they would realize that planning ahead with multiple scenarios makes for better outcomes. As an ICU RN I appreciate all your videos especially those on epidemiology. Great supplemental education.

  8. This current Monkey Pox outbreak is most likely nothing more than a vaccine injury/sided effects and an intentional cover story by the NIH, the CDC and the media. Bill Gates hosted a virus/vaccine/pandemic conference and the hypothetical scenario where a monkey pox outbreak occurred on May 15th, what day did they announce a Monkey Pox outbreak in Boston? May 15th. Hmmm…. Considering the outcome after Event 201 in October 2019 which the hypothetical scenario was a coronavirus outbreak that scourged the Earth only to see a coronavirus outbreak occur in real life 5 weeks later… Coincidence? NAHHH!!! Nothing to see here…

  9. To get exposed, first you have to find two monkeys, then vigorously rub them together, (this is where you might get bitten/scratched), after you rub them together, take pictures/video of your wounds (delete the time/date stamp, you don't need actual proof of where/when) then you call up your nearest Democratic rep. and ask them for the timeline for the next plandemic.

  10. Its not monkeypox, its just the covid vaccine's shingles side effects being rebranded as monkeypox.

    All of you who actually believe this is a whole new virus need to stop trying to help install a world dictatorship.

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