Can monkeypox kill us?

Monkeypox can be an unpleasant disease; it causes fever, body aches, enlarged lymph nodes, and eventually smallpox, or painful, fluid-filled blisters on the face, hands, and feet. One version of monkeypox is quite deadly and kills up to 10% of infected people. The version currently in England is softer. Its fatality rate is less than 1%.

Usually, a case resolves in two to four weeks. Monkeypox can also be less deadly than is often claimed. The frequently cited mortality rate of about 10 percent applies to a strain that infected people in the Congo basin. The West African strain, to which several of the current cases have been linked, has a mortality rate close to 1 per cent, and this occurs in poor rural populations.

While monkeypox is rare and usually non-fatal, one version of the disease kills about 10% of infected people. It is believed that the currently circulating form of the virus is milder, with a mortality rate of less than 1%. An outbreak of monkeypox has been confirmed in the United Kingdom. Two cases were reported in Wales, and the Secretary of Health confirmed these incidents this week.

Viral disease often causes smallpox like lesions on the skin, but can monkeypox kill you? The virus is similar to smallpox and can be fatal, but is considerably milder in the vast majority of cases. Monkeypox is a rare, usually mild infection that is usually contracted through infected wild animals in parts of Africa. It was first discovered in 1958 in research bred monkeys, hence the name, with the first human case recorded in 1970, according to the CDC. The disease is a relative of smallpox and causes a rash that often starts on the face, according to the UK's NHS website.

Studies in Central Africa, where people have less access to quality health care, show that the disease kills up to one in 10 infected people, according to the World Health Organization. However, most patients recover within a few weeks.

Brandon Overdorf
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