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Monkeypox won’t become a pandemic, but many questions remain, says WHO.

This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside Africa, has been identified by European and American health authorities in recent days. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP)

The World Health Organization’s top monkeypox expert, Dr. Rosamund Lewis, said that she doesn’t expect the relatively small number of cases reported to turn into yet another pandemic, according to the Associated Press.

The global number of cases has received a lot of attention, it doesn’t seem to have the same potency as COVID.
The disease appears to spread through bodily fluid and direct contact with lesions and isn’t airborne.

The U.S. has reported 10 cases of Monkeypox, two of which were in Florida. The symptoms of the virus include only fever, body aches, chills, and fatigue in most of those infected.

Those with more serious illness may develop a rash and lesions on the face and hands that can spread to other parts of the body.

Dr. Lewis went on to say, smallpox vaccines are also protective against monkeypox and that health officials are uncertain how much immunity people who were previously vaccinated against smallpox might still have.

No deaths have been reported in relation to the infection.