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Rapid response to:


Seven monkeypox cases are confirmed in England

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 17 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1239

Rapid Response:

Re-emerging monkeypox: an old disease to be monitored

Re-emerging monkeypox: an old disease to be monitored
Rujittika Mungmunpuntipanitp1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2
1. Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok Thailand
2. Honorary professor, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, India; Adjunct professor, Joseph Ayobabalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Nigeria

Dear Editor, we agree that the imported monkey pox into Europe becomes an emering interesitng public health issue [1]. The monkey pox is a kind of atypical pox disease and zoonosis is believed to be the cause of remerging of this old viral disease [2]. The human to human transmission becomes the current issue to be monitored. An increasing number of reported cases in mnay countries draws attention to the medical community,. Lesson learnts from COVID-19, there should be a rapid response, prompt investigation and early containment for the possible outbreak. Monkey pox is an old disease but it might have a change of newly occured genetic aberration that might cause the more problematic disease and wide scale outbreak. The present need might include a) investigation of clinical issues of newly emerging cases including in depth molecular investigaton on the pathogen, b) implementation of disease control system including to a good case screening aiming at blocakage of imported disease from endemic area and c) preparedness for possible widescale outbreak correspondence.

1. Mahase E. Seven monkeypox cases are confirmed in England. BMJ 2022; 377 doi:
2. Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Atypical zoonotic pox: Acute merging illness that can be easily forgotten. J Acute Dis2018;: 7:88-89.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 May 2022
mungmunpuntipantip rujittika
medical scientist
Viroj Wiwanitkit
private academic consultant
Bangkok, thailand