The “Monkeypox” and the FDA which, curiously, approved….

The chronicles are now full of news on "Monkeypox", or "Monkeypox", a disease that is not beautiful, but not particularly serious or particularly contagious. Yet it is on the front pages of major newspapers.

Seven countries are investigating possible cases of monkeypox starting Thursday evening, including Italy and the US, where she was found in New York and Massachusetts . Canada on Thursday reported 17 possible cases of monkeypox. Several countries in Europe are also reporting outbreaks: there are 22 suspected cases under investigation in Spain, 20 in Portugal, seven cases in the UK, one in Italy and one in Sweden.

Monkeypox is not a monkey disease, but instead lives in small rodents mainly in Central and West Africa. Rodents infect monkeys and both can transmit it to humans.

Here's what we know: cases of "rare and unusual" monkeypox are causing concern globally.

Although most cases of the disease come from contact with wild animals, not human-to-human contact, health authorities are investigating how the new wave of cases is spreading.

Some of the cases appear to have spread between sexual partners and it appears that all reported cases so far are in men. A fact that recalls other diseases of the past and that seems to have more of a communicative value. If it were transmitted between accountants or metalworkers, no one would notice.

Experts have pointed out that monkeypox, a much less dangerous relative of smallpox, is not a sexually transmitted disease.

"It can transmit through respiratory droplets or person-to-person contact," said Anne Rimoin, professor of epidemiology at the University of Los Angeles and national expert on monkeypox.

Most patients appear to have ulcerative lesions, rashes, swollen lymph nodes often accompanied by fever, chills, headache, body aches, and fatigue. A bad disease, but which usually heals on its own in a fortnight. It is also not highly contagious, it is not like human smallpox.

Why then all this noise about a disease that is ultimately secondary?

I point out two facts:

  • Medicines and vaccination for human smallpox, the serious one, also cover this type of smallpox. In Spain, for example, consideration is being given to whether to resume vaccination for smallpox . So it would be a way to revive an obsolete vaccination, but whose virus is still stored in two laboratories, one in Siberia;
  • coincidentally, purely by chance, the American FDA had authorized a drug against smallpox (and therefore also against monkeypox) in June 2021, i l Tembexa . What is the use of a medicine against a disease that does not exist? Here, now it can be useful.

Of course fate is really a juggler.

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