Monkeypox: What’s the Deal?

Monkeypox has hit the headlines with its spread in Europe. What is it? How do we deal with it? And should we be worried? With people on high alert to illnesses due to COVID, we unpack the differences and put context around what’s really going on. Dr. Charlotte Hammer, a fellow in emerging infectious diseases at Downing College Cambridge, explains the virus to Jacob Jarvis. 

“Monkeypox actually does not come from monkeys, it comes from rodents in central Africa.” 

“The symptoms are pretty unspecific. A fever, backache and muscle pain, progressing onto a rash are all common.” 

“In medical terms, monkeypox is a mild but unpleasant disease.”

“At the moment, there is very limited risk to the general population.”



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Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production
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