As monkeypox panic spreads, doctors in Africa see a double standard

As monkeypox panic spreads, doctors in Africa see a double standard

May 24, 2022 by Washington Post

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  • DAKAR, Senegal — In a part of Nigeria that has dealt with monkeypox outbreaks for years, one doctor saw the photos circulating in Western media this week and chuckled.
  • “Those are the very severe cases,” said Oyewale Tomori, a virologist in the nation’s southwest.
  • This is monkeypox!’ ” The virus — discovered five decades ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo — causes mild illness in most people, along with blisters that usually clear up in weeks, he said.
  • It’s much less transmissible than the coronavirus and much less deadly than Ebola.

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