Alaskapox was discovered in 2015 and has generally only caused mild illness – until now.
Victorian anti-vaccine literature shows that the fears and concerns remain largely the same today.
Eighteenth-century writers worried about “infectious air,” so they opened windows and built ventilation systems to bring fresh air indoors.
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.
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.
Most cases in the current global outbreak are occurring among men who have sex with men. So how can this group and others who are at risk protect themselves?
Possible outcomes of the current monkeypox epidemic under four different scenarios.
The new name for monkeypox must be aligned with best practices in naming of infectious diseases to avoid the uninformed negative narrative that associates diseases with regions.
Recent outbreaks have drawn attention to monkeypox. Get answers to common questions about this relative of the smallpox virus, including transmission, symptoms and effectiveness of smallpox vaccine.
A number of vaccines and several antivirals could be used to control the global monkeypox outbreak.
Humans have cultivated their own virus (vaccinia) that can be used in many vaccines. But there may be a price to pay.
How deadly is monkeypox? Why is it called monkeypox? Is it related to chickenpox? All your questions answered.
Monkeypox has been spreading in humans since as early as 1970. While most monkeypox infections are mild, some can be fatal.
Two cases of monkeypox have been reported in Australia. Resurgence of this virus could be due to the ending of smallpox vaccination.
Some of the omicron variant’s unique properties – such as its ability to spread rapidly while causing milder COVID-19 infections – could usher in a new phase of the pandemic.
New Year’s Eve is the anniversary of the British invaders’ first kidnapping of a First Nations person in Australia. This kidnapping led to a devastating smallpox outbreak.
Chickenpox has largely disappeared from the public’s memory thanks to a highly effective vaccine. But the virus’s clever life cycle allows it to reappear in later adulthood in the form of shingles.
Public health experts know that schools are likely sites for the spread of disease, and laws tying school attendance to vaccination go back to the 1800s.
The Founding Fathers were unrelenting in their commitment to the idea that circumstances can arise that require public officials to take actions abridging individual freedoms.