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Now a dog’s got monkeypox: this is serious, folks

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THE US Centers for Disease Control have announced that a dog in France has contracted monkeypox. Neither the sex of the dog nor its sexual orientation have been disclosed. The dog is described as ‘stable’ but fear is spreading now regarding interspecies infection including dog to human infection.

This nasty little virus certainly seems to know its way around the species. From monkeys to dogs by a route as yet unspecified (the dog is presumably refusing to disclose its contacts) and then possibly on to humans. Does monkeypox become dogpox at some point, I wonder?

In other news, it has been announced that monkeypox officially no longer exists. After much ‘workshopping’, the WHO have renamed it the rather dull ‘Clade 1’ and ‘Clade 2’ to represent the Congo Basin and West African viruses respectively. One wonders what we pay these people for. A clade is simply a group of organisms with a common ancestor, it is not strictly a name, and a clade must be a clade of something and, of course, that’s monkeypox.

According to Global Health Now the renaming by the WHO wasto avoid stigmatization of “any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups”.’ They did, apparently, consider ‘renaming monkeypox altogether’ but I guess there is only so much workshopping you can fit into a busy day over in Geneva at the WHO.

Meantime, the world’s leading science journal Nature has been busy gathering evidence of how monkeypox (strike 1 – I just can’t help it!) spreads. Lo and behold, after intensive investigation they concluded last week that prolonged contact with the lesions on someone infected with monkeypox (strike 2). I am not convinced that we needed Nature to tell us this as we have known this since the first day of the appearance of the virus that resembles smallpox (I’m trying).

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Other routes of transmission remain theoretically possible, and the virus has been found to persist in the semen of infected ‘persons’. I hazard a guess that those persons will all be male and most likely males who have sex with other males. According to Nature, researchers say that ‘in the people they examined, having a larger number of lesions in the mouth and throat was linked to oral sex, and having more lesions in and around the anus was linked to anal-receptive sex’. One is left hanging regarding who these ‘people’ are; again, one can hazard a guess.

TCW has been on to the monkeypox scam since the outset. We have evaluated the panic, expressed our disappointment at the mild nature of the virus, and decided that there is nothing to worry about. This is simply another attempt by the global health elite to whip us into a frenzy of death obsession and fill the coffers of Big Pharma.

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Roger Watson
Roger Watson
Roger Watson is a Professor of Nursing.

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