Joe Biden said that the monkeypox should “concern” everybody because it’s “baffling” experts around the world. So far, the United States has only reported two cases of monkeypox.
According to a report by Fox News, while there are at least 80 confirmed cases of the disease worldwide and another 50 suspected cases, the U.S. has only confirmed a pair of cases after a man in Massachusetts was diagnosed with the disease. Another man in New York City also tested positive for monkeypox.
“I’m stunned by this. Every day I wake up and there are more countries infected,” said Oyewale Tomori, a virologist and World Health Organization advisory board member. “This is not the kind of spread we’ve seen in West Africa, so there may be something new happening in the West,” he added.
Cases have been reported in Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the United States, Sweden, and Canada, all by individuals who reportedly had no travel history with Africa. France, Germany, Belgium, and Australia also reported confirmed cases this week. According to WHO estimates, monkeypox could be fatal for up to one-in-ten people, though its similarity to the smallpox virus allows smallpox vaccinations to provide some protection.
Historically, cases of monkeypox outside of Africa have been linked to international travel or animal imports, according to the CDC. (African rodents and non-human primates can carry the virus.) However, the source of the six non-travel-related infections in the U.K. remains a mystery, and it’s unknown whether the newfound cases in Spain and Portugal are related to the U.K. infections, according to STAT. -Live Science
Symptoms appear one to two weeks after infection and initially include mostly flu-like symptoms like fever, headaches, and shortness of breath. After about five days, a skin eruption phase begins where a rash appears and often spreads to different areas of the body. According to the CDC, monkeypox will cause the lymph nodes to swell, unlike smallpox.
Back in 2017, SHTFPlan warned of smallpox making a comeback, and Canada’s involvement in it:
Make note of certain names and who is involved:
Last week it was revealed that a team of Canadian researchers managed to synthesize an extinct strain of smallpox, by piecing together several mail-order samples.
The horsepox virus the Canadian team created is not a threat to human health — or even the health of horses — should it ever escape from a lab. And it’s not the first virus created by putting pieces of DNA together in the right sequence.
Still, the news that a team headed by David Evans, a professor of medical microbiology and immunology, had accomplished this feat — at a relatively low cost of about $100,000 plus labor — was a bit of a wakeup call. The news was first reported Thursday in Science Magazine.
“This is an example of what modern technologies can do,” noted Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
This is a harbinger of how dangerous our future will be. These scientists have just demonstrated how easy it now is to reconstitute long-dead viruses, including smallpox. As one virologist put it, “No question. If it’s possible with horsepox, it’s possible with smallpox.” –SHTFPlan, July 18th, 2017
How interesting that Fauci was involved in this smallpox creation back in 2017. Not even five years later, we are “coincidentally” having an issue with a smallpox-like virus, in which a smallpox vaccine is allegedly effective.