The increase in monkeypox cases in Europe has nothing to do with the vaccination against Covid disease

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Monkeypox has been used to mask the outbreak of adverse reactions from Covid vaccines, many social media posts claim. In particular, they claim that the rash commonly associated with monkeypox is actually due to shingles and herpes. However, this theory is unfounded: cases of monkeypox cannot be confused with other diseases because, in order to confirm this, a biological test is required that allows accurate identification of this virus or its group of viruses, which are different from those Existing in shingles and herpes, the Directorate General of Health explained to AFP. Specialists pointed out that the recent increase in cases of monkeypox in non-endemic areas could not be attributed to vaccination against the Covid virus either, because it is not able to “provoke” the disease.

“Monkey pox is just an excuse! This is a Covid vaccine disaster, 100% caused by the Covid vaccines. The rashes are the results of the Covid vaccines!”One user says in a tweet posted on May 25 and shared more than 1,200 times since then (1And the 2).

“Shingles caused by the Covid-19 vaccine is suspiciously similar to monkeypox,” The title of its part is from a blog article from the Geopolintel website.

“Monkeypox covers up immune system damage caused by the coronavirus vaccination, which leads to herpes zoster, autoimmune disease and herpes infection”still claims a blog article published on 1 June on the Resistance website.

The screenshot was taken on 06/13/2022
The screenshot was taken on 06/13/2022
The screenshot was taken on 06/13/2022

Since monkeypox cases were discovered in Europe in early May, similar messages have been pouring in, pointing to the fact that shingles is among the “Potential signals or events are already under watch.” From the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines (ANSM) for Covid vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen.

For them, cases of monkeypox detected in Europe can therefore be confused with cases of shingles caused by the vaccination against Covid.

This theory has been covered in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

What is monkey pox?

Monkeypox (“monkeypox” in English) or “monkeypox virus” is a disease considered rare, and has been known to humans since 1970.

The virus was first discovered in 1958 in a group of macaques that were studied for research purposes, hence its name, explains Inserm. More than 60 years before the first vaccines against Covid-19 were developed.

Unlike SARS-CoV-2 At the time of its appearance, it was thus a virus that we have known well for several decades.” says the National Institute of Medical Research.

The incubation period can usually range from 5 to 21 days, and symptoms are similar, but less severe, to those seen in the past in people with smallpox (“smallpoxIn English: fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, for the first five days, then a rash appears.

The hands of a monkeypox patient showing a rash, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1997 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Brian W. J. Mahe)

Monkeypox usually clears up on its own and symptoms last two to three weeks. Severe cases occur more often in children and are related to exposure to the virus, the patient’s medical condition, and the severity of complications.

In the initial cases, infection results from direct contact with blood, body fluids, or lesions of the skin or mucous membranes of infected animals. In the present state of knowledge, secondary transmission, i.e. human-to-human, can result from close contact with infected secretions from the respiratory tract, skin lesions of an infected subject or objects recently contaminated with body fluids or a substance from the patient’s lesions.

Since 1970, human cases of monkeypox have been reported in about ten African countries, then in the spring of 2003 it was confirmed in the United States.

In May 2022, this time many cases were detected in countries where monkeypox had not previously been detected. “Europe remains the epicenter of this growing wave, with 25 countries reporting more than 1,500 cases, or 85% of the global total.“,” at a press conference on June 15, Hans Kluge, Director of the World Health Organization for Europe.

laboratory confirmation

As social media posts point out, symptoms associated with monkeypox, including fever and rash as well, can resemble those of other infectious diseases such as chickenpox, measles, or traditional smallpox (officially eliminated in 1980).

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for this reason, The National Mission for the Coordination of Epidemiological and Biological Hazard Operations has published on its website an aid paper for cutaneous diagnosis and symptomatic treatment. [qui] Provides assistance to physicians to distinguish between monkeypox and other diseases with similar symptoms such as chickenpox, syphilis, and infection with the herpes virus in particular”, The Directorate General of Health told AFP on June 15.

However, the confirmed cases today in France are necessarily monkeypox since then He also requested that all suspected monkeypox cases be confirmed biologically, by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for detection, according to [technique] The polymerase chain reaction, which is an orthopoxvirus or monkeypox virus directly, was used,” DGS indicated.

While some symptoms may be similar, monkeypox and shingles or herpes do not actually cause the same virus, as explained in a previous AFP article published on May 26, Isaac Bogosh, a professor at the University of Toronto School of Medicine.

Shingles and monkeypox are two diseases characterized by skin lesions “Different, have different means of transmission and are produced by different viruses”multiplied on June 2, Vivian Luchsinger, a virologist from the University of Chile.

In other words, the diagnosis made possible by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing on lesions (fluids, vesicles, etc.) leaves little room for error because monkeypox is caused by orthopoxvirus of the genus smallpox (such as that of smallpox).

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and herpes by the herpes virus, both of which are from the herpes virus family.

Since these viruses belong to different families, it is impossible to confuse them from a morphological point of view, as detailed on June 9 by Gillian Trindade, a researcher in the Department of Microbiology at the Institute of the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.“There is no chance that they will be confused in the lab (…]If you want to imagine them under a high-resolution microscope, they have viral particles, and they have completely different shapes. It is impossible to confuse them. From a genetic point of view, they are also very different. It is like comparing a cat with a dog.”

“Once monkeypox is diagnosed, it is a reportable disease, allowing the progression of the number of cases to be tracked.” Defines the health insurance website.

There is no connection with the vaccination against Covid

While it is clear that confirmed cases of monkeypox are indeed due to the disease, some netizens argue that vaccination against Covid will be the cause.

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But this thesis conflicts with the current scientific consensus. There is no reason to say that monkeypox is linked to vaccines David Heyman, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), explained to AFP.

In the PubMed database of the United States National Library of Medicine, no publication supports this study.

Infection scientist Roman Zucchi, of the Sanatorio Sagrado Corazón Hospital in Buenos Aires, explained to AFP on June 8 that there is no ‘No biological argument in favor’ From the thesis that monkeypox is the result of vaccination against Covid. “This is neither possible nor possible” pointed out.

The specialist explained that the vaccines used against Covid-19 do not have the ability to “build up” Viruses, not to mention a type of virus that does not share the same nature as SARS-CoV-2. The Covid-19 virus belongs to the coraviridae family (“coronaviruses”), while the monkeypox virus is caused by the orthopoxvirus of the smallpox family.

To date, the current reproductive origin of disease cases and their characteristics are still being studied.

This theory started to spread when netizens highlighted the use of chimpanzee adenovirus in the process of making the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“Many rumors and misinformation are already circulating on the Internet, particularly regarding the possible link between the disease and the Covid vaccines that use chimpanzee adenovirus as a viral vector. This link is completely unfounded, first of all because this virus is not specific to monkeys ( …) then, because it is part of the family of poxviruses and not of adenoviruses”, Inserm details on its website in a newspaper dated May 23, 2022.

AFP had already verified this claim in a previous article.

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