The WHO calls it an international emergency and, while monkeypox won’t become a global pandemic, there are lessons to learn from our experience with Covid.
Can the worldwide spread of monkeypox be stopped?
Since May, nearly 90 countries have reported a total of more than 31,000 cases of monkeypox.
The World Health Organisation classified the escalating outbreak of the once-rare disease as an international emergency in July; the US declared it a national emergency last week.
Outside of Africa, 98 per cent of cases are in men who have sex with men. With only a limited global supply of vaccines, authorities are racing to stop monkeypox before it becomes entrenched as a new disease.
Can monkeypox be contained?
Theoretically, yes. The virus does not spread easily and there is a vaccine. But there are only about 16 million doses available now and only one company makes the shot.