Origin of the Monkeypox Outbreak Becomes Clearer to Scientists

Origin of the Monkeypox Outbreak Becomes Clearer to Scientists

Scientists Zero In on Origins of the Monkeypox Outbreak Even as cases rise, genetic analysis suggests that the virus has been silently circulating in people since 2018. Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share. When the first monkeypox cases were identified in early May, European health officials were stumped. The virus was not known to spread easily among people, let alone infect dozens — and soon hundreds — of young men. The origins of the outbreak are now becoming clearer. Genetic analysis suggests that although the monkeypox virus is rapidly spreading in the open, it has been silently circulating in people for years. Health officials have already identified two versions of monkeypox among American …
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