Monkey pox: 6,300 cases and 229 deaths in 2020, warnings from African scientists “were ignored”

“The recent outbreaks are sort of the culmination of years of warnings that were ignored,” say the African scientists.

The cases of Monkeypox are occurring all over the world. If the sudden outbreak of virus is something to astonish the scientific community given the “difficult” transmissibility of the sickness, others curse. This is particularly the case of african scientists who claim that their warnings have not been heeded by international authorities.

In an edifying report published this Monday on their website, our colleagues from CBC Newslargest diffuser in Canadaeven claim that these “warnings were ignored”.

Judge for yourself: 2,800 cases of monkey pox reported in 2018, nearly 3,800 the following year and nearly 6,300 cases in 2020 including 229 deaths. And all that just Democratic Republic of Congo.

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“The culmination of years of warnings that were ignored”

“The recent epidemics are sort of the culmination of years of warnings that have been ignored”even goes so far as to declare Doctor Boghuma Titanji, a scientist and doctor specializing in infectious diseases at Emory University in Atlanta, originally from Cameroon. “Because unfortunately Monkeypox is a disease that has traditionally caused outbreaks in Africa – and usually in very remote parts of Africa – and affecting populations that the world does not always care about”.

Already in 2010, an article published on pnas.oreg, the official journal of the United States Academy of Sciences, pointed to the“major increase inimpact human Monkeypox 30 years after the cessation of campaigns vaccination against smallpox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”.

“The further we get away from vaccine against smallpox, the more likely it is that Monkeypox will begin to spread.”said Dr. Oyewale Tomori, a Nigerian virologist, board member of the Global Virome Project and former president of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences. “We have been saying this for some time. Now our fears are confirmed”.

For years, African scientists tracked a rise in #monkeypox cases, all while cross-protection from smallpox vaccinations waned. So it wasn’t a surprise when the virus began to spread — and some warn the world should expect more outbreaks.

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—Lauren Pelley (@LaurenPelley) June 1, 2022

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