Amid the mounting cases of monkeypox, a new report claims that the disease may never be eradicated because too many infections go unnoticed, and domestic animals may continue to harbour the virus. Leading specialists have warned that monkeypox may now be prevalent in the UK and Europe, as the virus that was once restricted to Africa continues to spread over the world, according to a study report.
Because it spreads through continuous close contact, Adam Kucharski of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine believes the current outbreak will not turn into a pandemic like Covid. The epidemiologist, who is also a member of the UK's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), cautioned, however, that the "greatest risk" is that instances "will not be eliminated in some regions."
The continued transmission increases the chance that the virus, which is closely linked to smallpox, may be passed on to pets, resulting in permanent reservoirs of infection, as is the case in Africa. The EU's health chiefs have already recognised the threat and are planning a slaughter for all monkeypox sufferers' hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs. Officials in the UK are also anticipated to issue recommendations instructing sick Britons to stay away from family pets.
According to a World Health Organization report released on Friday, the virus has spread to over 20 countries, with over 200 confirmed cases and over 100 suspected cases in places where it is not normally prevalent.