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The Curious Way Covid And The Monkeypox Outbreak Could Be Related


Monkeypox continues to spread in the UK, with 78 cases confirmed. And now, some scientists have suggested there may be an indirect link to Covid.

Monkeypox has been identified in England and Scotland, but as of May 24, no cases have been identified in Wales or Northern Ireland. Other cases have been found in 19 countries including the UAE, Spain, Portugal, the US and Australia, the World Health Organisation said.

Monkeypox is a DNA viral illness that causes fever and a distinctive, bumpy rash. In some cases it can also cause headaches, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and fatigue. The disease has been around for decades and the name comes from when it was first identified during an outbreak in monkeys in 1958.

Now, experts from London Medical Laboratory have said that Covid-19 may have “paved the way” for the outbreak and that widespread PCR testing for the disease would present significant new challenges.

“Though typically spread by contact with an infected animal, person-to-person cases are now being recorded in the UK,” Dr Quinton Fivelman, chief scientific officer at London Medical Laboratory, said. “The virus is likely spread by touching or sharing infected items like clothing and bedding, or by the respiratory droplets produced by sneezing or coughing,”

While monkeypox and Covid are entirely unrelated viruses medically, it is possible that Covid coincidentally created an environment fit for the global surge in monkeypox cases. That’s due to two factors.

Firstly, Covid-19 may have left some people with weakened immune systems. “New research from scientists in Cambridge indicates that some Covid patients show profound alterations in many immune cell types that persist for weeks or even months after Covid infection,” Dr Fivelman said. “This could lead to people with weakened immune systems being more susceptible to diseases such as monkeypox.”


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