With monkeypox spreading globally, many experts believe the virus can’t be contained

Even as global health officials race to curb spread of the monkeypox virus, most experts polled by STAT said they don’t believe it will be possible to contain it.

It has been a mere nine weeks since the United Kingdom announced it had detected four cases of monkeypox, a virus endemic only in West and Central Africa. In that time, the number of cases has mushroomed to nearly 13,000 in over 60 countries throughout Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, new parts of Africa, South Asia, and Australia.

The growth in cases and the geographic spread has been rapid and relentless.

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