Emergence of #human #monkeypox in west #Africa (Lancet Infect Dis., summary)

[Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, full page: (LINK). Summary, edited.]

Emergence of human monkeypox in west Africa

Giovanni Rezza

Published: July 05, 2019 / DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(19)30281-6


Human monkeypox is a zoonotic disease that is endemic to central and western Africa. It is caused by an orthopoxvirus that was first identified in captive monkeys in 1958, and in a child from DR Congo in 1970. There are two variants of the virus: the Congo Basin clade and the west African clade. Unlike the variola virus, the monkeypox virus has a wide range of hosts and a reservoir in wild animals. 1


Keywords: Orthopoxvirus; Monkeypox; Human; West Africa.


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I am an Italian blogger, active since 2005 with main focus on emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, SARS, antibiotics resistance, and many other global Health issues. Other fields of interest are: climate change, global warming, geological and biological sciences. My activity consists mainly in collection and analysis of news, public services updates, confronting sources and making decision about what are the 'signals' of an impending crisis (an outbreak, for example). When a signal is detected, I follow traces during the entire course of an event. I started in 2005 my blog ''A TIME'S MEMORY'', now with more than 40,000 posts and 3 millions of web interactions. Subsequently I added an Italian Language blog, then discontinued because of very low traffic and interest. I contributed for seven years to a public forum (FluTrackers.com) in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, I left the site to continue alone my data tracking job.