A new global dataset shows there is no clear global increase of infectious disease outbreaks over time. And it can suggest which countries would most likely be affected by an outbreak.
Prejudice and stigma can discourage the communities most affected by infectious diseases from seeking care. Inclusive public health messaging can prevent misinformation and guide the most vulnerable.
Sexual transmission was suspected in around 90% of transgender women patients but only in 61% of cisgender women and non-binary patients.
Public health measures have played a big role in curbing the current outbreak.
The term ‘MSM’ allows public health interventions to gloss over the social, political and cultural complexities of identity. But it’s not without its limitations.
As with COVID, monkeypox may do more damage than initially thought. A new study looks at the evidence for neurological damage.
The hoarding of the COVID-19 vaccine by wealthy nations led to global calls for vaccine equity. Unless wealthy nations commit to change, the monkeypox vaccine rollout could meet a similar fate.
The monkeypox virus can easily spread between humans and animals. A veterinary virologist explains how the virus could go from people to wild animals in the US – and why that could be a problem.
Monkeypox is not considered an STI but is spreading among sexual partners. Adding sexual health strategies to the public health response is helpful, but there is a danger of stigmatizing MPXV.
Engaging in open and honest dialogue with the public to increase understanding of health inequities has never been more important.
As monkeypox vaccination programs roll out and health authorities work to reduce the spread of the virus, progress is lagging on renaming it.
Countries have to weigh up the cost of vaccinating everybody versus the cost of treating the disease.
Chronic weaknesses in our global vaccine manufacturing and distribution systems may broadly be to blame.
Some of the sexual moralising we saw with HIV is still with us. That makes it harder for men who have sex with men to come forward for vaccines and testing.
The right public health measures can be very effective at curbing the virus’s spread – if executed properly.
There are no known cases of women infected with monkeypox during pregnancy within Australia to date, but there are such cases in the UK and US.
While the majority of monkeypox cases thus far have been recorded among men who have sex with men, everyone is still at risk of contracting the disease.
Declaring monkeypox a national health emergency will allow the U.S. government to direct resources and funds where needed to help slow the spread of the virus.
There are two approved monkeypox vaccines in the US. Both use a related poxvirus called vaccinia to produce an immune response that protects against smallpox and monkeypox.
The third-generation vaccine has fewer potential side effects than second-generation vaccines and can be safely given to people with weakened immune systems.