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AUGUST 2022

The Fuss about Monkeypox

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The Fuss about Monkeypox

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Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

The World Health Organization has been one of the easier bodies to abuse.  For parochial types, populist moaners and critics of international institutions, the WHO bore the brunt of criticisms from Donald Trump to Jair Bolsonaro.  Being a key institution in identifying public health risks, it took time assessing the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19.    

Little time has been spent waiting for the growing threat that is monkeypox (MPXV).  The WHO has now declared it a “public health emergency of international concern”.  The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) global map charting the outbreak has the following breakdown of cases as of August 3: 26,208 in total, with 25,864 noted in countries that have not historically reported monkeypox.

On June 2, the organisation published a brochure list of dot points, noting that most individuals who contracted the viral infection would “recover fully without treatment, but in some cases, people can get seriously ill.”  In a reminder that the virus is yet another example of transmission from an animal species to humans, the brochure notes that it was found in monkeys.

The symptoms resemble those of the flu, though it is characterised by a potentially nasty rash that can last from two weeks to a month.  Lesions can be considerably itchy and painful.  Outbreaks have been noted in forested parts of Central and West Africa, but as is the case with most infections, newsworthiness only becomes apparent if transmission moves beyond that unfortunate continent.

Just as with matters relating to war and famine, disease begins to make the newsfeeds and paper columns from Washington to Sydney once the wealthy, or at least members of wealthy societies, catch the condition or succumb.  And so it follows that the disease now has an increasingly growing profile, with 80 countries not previously reporting it.  From figures this month, Belgium has an impressive 482 cases, and Austria 145.  Otherwise, what happens on the Dark Continent, stays there in ill-reported obscurity.

Any declaration of emergency will come with its suspicions, with the anxiety ridden clinging onto the coattails of assumption and concern.  The magic of “germ panic” is being woven, and fears of authoritarian pandemic measures are never far away from the social consciousness.

Kathryn H. Jacobsen from the University of Richmond is one keen to keep calm on the whole issue.  Writing in mid-July, Jacobsen took a punt: “the current evidence suggests that monkeypox is very unlikely to become a global health catastrophe even if the virus spreads and becomes pandemic [sic].”

News items about sexual activity and monkeypox are frequent, and there is a certain moral tone, as with disease generally, that underlies them.  A WHO assessment from May notes four laboratory confirmed cases in the United Kingdom “reported amongst Sexual Health Services attendees presenting with vesicular rash illness in men who have sex with men (MSM).”

The ghost of accusation that made such a vicious impression with the outbreak of the HIV/Aids pandemic risks stirring, despite evidence at the time showing transmission via heterosexual sex, mother to infant and contaminated blood supplies. “Monkeypox,” write Boghuma K. Titanji and Keletso Makofane, “is not a gay disease and neither are any other infectious diseases.”  The authors regret having to even state that point.  “It is unfortunate that this still needs to be said, highlighting how little we have learned from previous outbreaks.”

The WHO is effectively straddling a tightrope in this field.  “Anyone,” an advisory states, “who has close contact with someone who is infectious is at risk.  However, given that the virus is being identified in these communities, learning about monkeypox will help ensure that as few people as possible are affected and that the outbreak can be stopped.”

While a strategy defanging homophobic narratives linking disease with disposition and conduct is a welcome thing, universalising the effect of a virus – that we are all at its mercy and will be affected equally – is an act of pious self-denial.  This response to the HIV pandemic, argue Titanjii and Makofane, encouraged a “monolithic” reading of human behaviour that “missed opportunities to attend to the particular needs of sub-groups among heterosexual people.”  Demography, class, and vulnerability remain inescapable facts.

The WHO advice, as thing stand, is to eschew “skin-to-skin, face-to-face and mouth-to-skin contact, including sexual contact” while cleaning hands, objects, surfaces, bedding, towels and clothes regularly.  Don a mask if you cannot avoid close contact.  Such warnings are all reminiscent of the global programming that took place in response to COVID-19.  But complacency and reluctance have again set in.

On a more positive note, it has been found that smallpox vaccines can function as an inoculant against monkeypox, with vaccines such as ACAM2000 already approved and available in a number of countries.  But as with COVID-19, the calloused warriors against the jab and the shot are again out in force, at least in a digital platform sense.  For some groups, the needle retains its Satanic, totalitarian provenance, and it will be up to public health authorities to avoid slipping, as they often did, when it came to messages about how best to cope with infectious outbreaks.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge.  He currently lectures at RMIT University.  Email: bkampmark@gmail.com

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ossie

“key institution in identifying public health risks” Not at all, it’s a key institution in promoting public health risks, especially through it’s total subservience to big pharma interests.

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DrumSmoker

Fag-Pox!

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God

Just as HIV is

Joe Bidet Is A Senile Pedo

Well as long as lots of Americunts die it’s all good!

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Garga

It seems to exclusively thrive in homosexual male circles, this statement has nothing to do with homophobia (though I personally do not care if I’m being labeled homophobic or transphobic or whatever). The same applies to HIV beside the obvious blood-to-blood transmission in case of junkies and their commonly used needles.

Is anybody aware if there was any investigation about infection of a few children that were -exclusively again- adopted by homosexual males?

And you know this pandemic is not serious because nobody even dares to tell the pansies not take it up their bottoms for a few days and/or at least not to give their behinds away to dozens of other poofs in their orgies.

What do I care, neither I nor anybody I know are going to contract it!

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Barba Papa

You might contract it for the same reason HIV migrated from the gay and junkie communities to heterosexual people in general. Because there are straight dudes, or call them bi-sexual, who like to pound male butt or get plowed in their butt instead. And via them it moved into the general community. And so it might with monkey pox. Or schlong covid, as Tucker Carlson’s viewers named it.

john

That was not a migration, just a small leak. Men sodomize women on occasion.

Garga

Thank you for your input but I think I’m safe as I managed to avoid other STDs so far.

Mankey Pox might be one of, if not THE easiest disease to not catch.

Yuri

HIV transmission in Africa is attributed to heterosexual sex, in USA homosexual sex, in Eastern Europe needle sharing—uncertain about monkey pox

Joe

” But as with COVID-19, the calloused warriors against the jab and the shot are again out in force” When the author says stuff like it negates everything he previously said when you look at the statistics of adverse events and death rates after the mrna injections. Who ever heard of myocarditis before the vaccine campaigns? Now it is a household name. Shingles outbreaks going crazy, even Justin Beiber is ruined because of it. Sports athletes dropping dead like flies, newscasters, pilots keeling over left and right. Children developing heart problems. Now naps and cold showers can cause sudden death, sudden death syndrome is all the rage, everyone is doing it. So please Mr Author, don’t smear the concerned , maybe you should write an article about that.

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DrumSmoker

Well said. Sometimes SF swings sides on topics that are not about Russia.

maharaja

Correct, they would have you believe that the US government is the most evil entity in the world but that somehow when it comes to public health and vaccines the US politicians would never do anything nefarious in cahoots with big pharma! No they would never cross that line. The author is obviously unaware that in the west we do not have vaccines against covid in a traditional sense we have the MNRA biotech experiment injections. Hell even our meat puppet leader is on his third infection and has not been seen for a week. This after two vaccines and multiple boosters so they say!

john

One cannot be pro Russian and pro pervert, as Putin has made clear, so what is this trash doing on this site? No, AIDS and Monkeypox are not homosexual diseases, they are just primarily homosexual diseases. Men can and do sometimes sodomize women, which is just as unclean an act. You can’t play in the sewer and expect not to get sick.

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MarkU

How strange that the author neglects to inform us that monkey-pox was also being tinkered with in the Wuhan lab and in illegal US run biolabs in Ukraine. Instead the author settles for a defence of homosexuals and some virtue signalling regarding the plight of Africans. Perhaps this particular author should be writing for the western corporate media, I am sure he or she will fit right in.

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Hostage (Raptar) Driver

The WHO & CDC have completely discredited themselves with these false pandemics. Their job is to do harm! These organizations and the members thereof need to be tried for crimes against humanity.

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Chinky madoo

They need to be fucking hanged

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