Monkeypox: The Unknown Pandemic?

Keywords: Monkeypox, Smallpox, Pandemic


Monkeypox is a zoonotic illness caused by the monkeypox virus, and it is the most common orthopox virus infection after smallpox was eradicated. Cases of the monkeypox virus have been reported outside of Africa, in nations where the disease is not prevalent, such as Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Can this be start of a pandemic?. The World Health Organization (WHO), which is closely monitoring the viral outbreak Monkeypox, a smaller version of Small pox, has stated that it is unlikely that the outbreak would spread beyond Africa. More than 300 instances of the Monkeypox virus have been reported thus far, both suspected and confirmed. The virus is endemic in Central and West African countries; however the majority of cases have occurred in Europe. Close contact with an infected person is regarded to be the most common method of human-to-human transmission. Transmission may occur during sexual intercourse, according to some evidence. Bites and scratches, bush meat processing, direct contact with bodily fluids or lesion material, or indirect contact with lesion material, such as through contaminated bedding, are all possible ways for animals to transmit disease to humans.


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Tanya Sharma

Intern, Himachal Dental College, Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh, India


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DOI: 10.26440/0602.05538
Published: 2022-05-31
How to Cite
Tanya Sharma. Monkeypox: The Unknown Pandemic?. IHRJ [Internet]. 2022May31 [cited 2022Jul.2];6(2):SC1-SC3. Available from: