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monkeypox: Monkeypox is here. Though a mild outbreak, it will again test India’s health-emergency preparedness.

Health workers screen passengers arriving from abroad for Monkeypox symptoms at Anna International Airport terminal in Chennai on June 3, 2022.


The virus has spread to 75 countries in just two months. WHO has raised the outbreak to the highest level of alert. What is the medical experts’ take on treatment for the disease? Does it even need a vaccine? What are the chances of it billowing into a serious outbreak, and if it does, can India tackle it?

Even as the world grapples with the shape-shifting variants of the coronavirus, a new threat has emerged, pushing the world into further uncertainty. On July 23, after several rounds of discussions and much dithering, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox as a public-health emergency of international concern.Simply put, that catapults the outbreak to the highest level of alert, signalling countries to devise a coordinated

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