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Medical News & Perspectives
July 2, 2003

Monkeypox Outbreak a Reminder of Emerging Infections Vulnerabilities

JAMA. 2003;290(1):23-24. doi:10.1001/jama.290.1.23

It is a scenario that has become all too familiar in recent years: an exotic microbe, aided by human travel and commerce, erupts in a new setting. In 1999, it was the West Nile virus. Earlier this year, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) exploded on the world's stage. And last month, the first cases of monkeypox, a viral disease related to smallpox—but less deadly and less infectious—appeared in the Western hemisphere (see "From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" [CDC] 0 on page 30 in the printed journal).