Monkeypox cases may have spread unnoticed in the United States, Europe, for years

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According to the World Health Organization, cases of monkeypox may have spread from Africa unnoticed for years before the initial case was confirmed on May 13.

Monkeypox is a well known virus which represents nothing like the threat of COVID-19. Typically, Monkeypox cases are only found in those outside of Africa when an individual has recently traveled to the continent. However, May cases have appeared almost simultaneously around the world in people who have not recently been to Africa.

“The sudden and unexpected appearance of monkeypox simultaneously in several non-endemic countries suggests that there may have been undetected transmission for an unknown period of time followed by recent amplifying events,” the WHO wrote.

Cases outside Africa are currently concentrated in Europe and North America, as well as Australia.

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Monkeypox on a child in Nigeria

Monkeypox on a child in Nigeria
(Credits: Nigeria Center for Disease Control via WHO)

Symptoms of monkeypox they start out as relatively flu-like but soon spread to swollen lymph nodes and a rash all over the body and face. Eventually, painful lesions form on the rash areas, leaving severe scarring.

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The illness it may have gone unnoticed in Western countries in the guise of an STI, according to Dr. Amesh Adalia. There are a number of sexually transmitted diseases that have Monkeypox-like symptoms.

“What probably happened is that an infectious disease endemic from Africa made its way into a social and sexual network and was then greatly helped by major amplification events, such as raves in Belgium, to spread around the world.” , Adalja told NBC News.

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They have been there since June 3 21 recorded cases of Monkeypox in the United States linked to the current outbreak, according to the CDC.

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