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12 Monkeys Pox


As a fan of both the 12 Monkeys movie and TV series, I couldn’t avoid making this pun. However, I make such punishing humour to make people punder about more serious subjects…

Hopefully this story is not foretelling the shape of things to come… However, seriously, the prospect of another AIDS-like pandemic (with transmission only from close or sexual contacts) with a smallpox-like virus is daunting. The current outbreak of Monkey Pox is representing the first human-to-human transmission cases. Fortunately, the smallpox vaccine is 85% effective against it and it seems to have a fatality rate of less than 1%. So it is nothing like COVID or Ebola. Nevertheless, it is inevitable that, as humans encroach more and more on previously pristine natural habitats (mostly in tropical rainforests), we’ll see also more animal-born infections jump to humans. The monkeypox virus, which is an Orthopoxvirus (of the Poxviridae family; there are 12 virus species in this genus!!), is just another example of this.

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