Can eating meat cause monkeypox? Five myths about the virus busted

After the world battled the COVID-19 pandemic for almost three years, the sudden outbreak of another viral disease – monkeypox – is causing worldwide concern. At least 19 countries have confirmed cases of monkeypox so far. And with people on edge, myths are flying by fast and unabated. But experts say that people should not pay attention to rumours. So here are some myths about monkeypox that are being dispelled.

Myth 1: Monkeypox is only transmitted through monkeys

The name is monkeypox but it does not mean that the virus is transmitted only from monkeys or if one is in close contact with monkeys. Monkeypox is spread to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or through material contaminated with the virus. And it can be any animal.

Myth 2: Eating meat can cause monkeypox

Experts say that eating meat alone will not cause monkeypox! Social media has been flooded with posts about people getting monkeypox because they ate meat, a theory that has been debunked yet again by experts. The virus can be spread by consuming infected animals but eating healthy, well-cooked meat is not a problem.

Myth 3: AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine is causing monkeypox

In Britain in particular, a conspiracy theory is doing the rounds that AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine causes monkeypox. But experts have dismissed this bogus theory and asked people to stop circulating outside theories.

Myth 4: Monkeypox is more contagious than COVID-19

Experts have said that caution is needed, but it cannot be said that monkeypox is more contagious than Covid-19. Dr NK Arora, Chairperson, COVID Working Group, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) told ANI, “Monkeypox is not as contagious or serious as covid, However, its spread is a matter of concern. No suspicious case has been reported in India so far.”

Myth 5: Only gay or bisexual men get monkeypox

This is another fake conspiracy theory going on. According to reports, there has been a sharp increase in homophobia due to the cases of monkeypox among gay/bisexual men. However, experts say the virus does not discriminate. Dr John Brooks, chief medical officer of the CDC’s (US Centers for Disease Control) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, was quoted by CNN as saying that anyone can develop (and spread) a monkeypox infection. “Certain groups may have a higher chance of exposure right now, but by no means present an increased risk of exposure to monkeypox specifically for the gay and bisexual community in the US,” he told CNN.

(Disclaimer: The report given here is based on general information and news. Please seek medical advice before jumping to any conclusion. ZEE NEWS does not confirm this.)

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