Monkeypox – level 2

26-05-2022 07:00

Monkeypox is a virus, which causes fever and a rash. It is usual in west and central Africa, and it rarely spreads elsewhere.

Monkeypox has two main strains called the west African and the Congo strains. The Congo strain is more dangerous, and about 10% of patients die from it.

Now, nine European countries, the US, Canada, and Australia confirmed monkeypox infections, which worries officials. Experts don’t know how the virus spreads, but many cases were among gay or bisexual men.

We have no vaccine for monkeypox, but we can use a vaccine for smallpox, which is quite similar. The vaccine protects about 85% of people.

Difficult words: rash (red and itchy skin), confirm (to say that something is true), smallpox (a disease, which causes fever, spots on the skin, and often death).

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