Smallpox: 6,300 cases and 229 deaths in 2020, warnings by African scientists “ignored”

“The recent outbreaks are, in a way, the result of years of warnings that have been ignored,” said African scientists.

The cases of Smallpox monkey declare themselves to the four corners of the world. If the sudden outbreak of the virus The scientific community is amazed at the “difficult” transmissibility of the disease, others plague. This is especially the case for African scientists claiming that their warnings were not heeded by the international authorities.

In an uplifting report published this Monday on their website, our colleagues from CBC Newslargest broadcaster at Canadaeven claiming that these “Warnings ignored”.

Judge instead: 2,800 cases of smallpox reported in 2018, nearly 3,800 the following year and nearly 6,300 cases in 2020 including 229 deaths. And all this just in case Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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“The result of years of warnings that have been ignored”

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

Already in 2010, an article in pnas.oreg, an official journal of the United States Academy of Sciences, pointed the finger at“major increase inincidence of the human Monkeypox 30 years after the end of the campaigns of vaccination smallpox in the Democratic Republic of Congo “.

“The farther we go from the vaccine against smallpox, the more likely it is that the Monkeypox will start spreading “said Dr. Oyewale Tomori, a Nigerian virologist on the board of the Global Virome Project and a former president of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences. “We’ve been saying this for a while. Now our fears are confirmed.”.

African scientists have been pursuing growth for years # smallpox monkey cases, all while cross-protection against smallpox vaccinations has declined. So it was no surprise that the virus began to spread – and some warn that the world should expect more outbreaks.

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– Lauren Pelley (@LaurenPelley) June 1, 2022

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