Smallpox vaccines are effective against monkeypox.
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A number of vaccines and several antivirals could be used to control the global monkeypox outbreak.
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Humans have cultivated their own virus (vaccinia) that can be used in many vaccines. But there may be a price to pay.
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How deadly is monkeypox? Why is it called monkeypox? Is it related to chickenpox? All your questions answered.
Monkeypox causes lesions that resemble pus-filled blisters, which eventually scab over.
Monkeypox has been spreading in humans since as early as 1970. While most monkeypox infections are mild, some can be fatal.
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There are some concerns of human-to-human transmission.
In the first two months of 2022, 17,000 cases were already reported worldwide.
The latest report from the WHO and Unicef found cases have increased nearly 80% worldwide.
It’s true that phones aren’t as prone to viruses as computers – but they’re still far from immune.
There are even more types of viruses in the ocean than researchers once thought.
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Viruses do more than just cause disease – they also influence ecosystems and the processes that shape the planet. Tracing their evolution could help researchers better understand how viruses work.
BA.2, one of three main omicron sublineages, is sweeping the world.
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The latest addition to the omicron lineage has been making waves in Europe. Whether it will do the same in the U.S. depends on rates of vaccination and prior infection.
Around 99% of people infected with JEV will have no or very mild symptoms. But in less than 1% of cases, it can become serious.
Until now, access to the vaccines has been limited. But that’s expected to change.
A woman wears a face mask as she walks by the sculpture ‘The Illuminated Crowd’ on a street in Montréal. Vulnerable people may benefit from measures like face masks even after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Decreases in respiratory infections during the pandemic suggest there may be a continued role for the selective, non-mandated use of measures like masks and social distancing even post-COVID-19.
The delay in finding definitive answers to how novel infectious diseases come about is not unusual. Look at what happened to our search for Ebola virus.
Around 20% of patients may experience severe illness from the Lassa fever virus.
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Given the small number of people that have been affected, the threat to the wider community is low.
White-tailed deer are one of the few wild species that scientists have found to be infected with the coronavirus – at least so far.
Scientists have been testing captive and wild animals for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. Only a few wild species are known to carry the virus, but many more have been shown to be susceptible.
Some strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) have been associated with cancers, especially cervical cancer.
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Some cancers are actually caused by viruses that linger for long periods in the body, or cause physical damage that later turns cancerous.
Masks definitely catch some of the virus laden aerosols and droplets - and that will reduce transmission between people and the number of cases of COVID-19.
With low COVID vaccination coverage in southern Africa, some have suggested global vaccine inequities may be responsible for the emergence of Omicron.
Disturbing the habitats of horseshoe bats, like these in Borneo, increases the risk of virus spillover.
How can nations prevent more pandemics like COVID-19? One priority is reducing the risk of diseases’ jumping from animals to humans. And that means understanding how human actions fuel that risk.
Experts estimate that close to 90% of the U.S. population must be vaccinated to reach herd immunity for COVID-19.
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Vaccination campaigns like the ones that eventually eliminated polio and measles in the United States required decades of education and awareness in order to achieve herd immunity in the U.S. population.