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Monkeypox Rising in Wake of Smallpox Eradication

Some 30 years after authorities doled out the last dose of smallpox vaccine, the world faces another multiplying menace: monkeypox.A new study suggests that the monkeypox virus, which the smallpox vaccine also grants immunity against, is now at least 20 times as common as it was shortly after victory over smallpox had been declared."The eradication of smallpox was one of the greatest achievements known to man," lead researcher Anne Rimoin of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health told Reuters Health. "But a consequence of ceasing smallpox vaccinations is that now the world's population is vulnerable to other (related viruses) such as monkeypox."While the infection is somewhat less serious than smallpox, it can still scar and even kill its victims. And in contrast to its cousin, monkeypox is not only able to jump between humans, but can infect through contact with small animals that harbor the virus. As a result, its control could be all the more challenging, ...

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