Monkeypox

Fact checks about the monkeypox outbreak, including symptoms, transmission, relation to other diseases and the latest information from public health bodies

10 June 2022

Monkeypox is being detected in countries with and without wild monkeys

The bigger question is why there are outbreaks in countries where it isn’t endemic.

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Monkeypox is being detected in countries with and without wild monkeys
31 May 2022

Modified chimpanzee virus in AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t linked to monkeypox

Claims that the use of a modified chimpanzee virus in the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine are the cause of monkeypox are untrue.

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Modified chimpanzee virus in AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t linked to monkeypox
31 May 2022

Monkeypox isn’t shingles in disguise

A tweet claims shingles is ‘being termed as monkeypox’.

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Monkeypox isn’t shingles in disguise
31 May 2022

No evidence rise in monkeypox cases is linked to Covid-19 vaccine

An article claiming the monkeypox outbreak is evidence that the Covid-19 vaccine causes a form of AIDS is not based in fact.

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No evidence rise in monkeypox cases is linked to Covid-19 vaccine
30 May 2022

No evidence monkeypox is an agent of biological warfare

A video of a man opening textbooks to pages about monkeypox does not show the outbreak is a ‘war on us’.

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No evidence monkeypox is an agent of biological warfare
27 May 2022

Monkeypox is not ‘vaccine acquired’ shingles

They are caused by completely different viruses.

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Monkeypox is not ‘vaccine acquired’ shingles
27 May 2022

No evidence Covid-19 vaccines cause monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by a virus. There is no evidence it is a side effect of vaccination against Covid-19.

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No evidence Covid-19 vaccines cause monkeypox
20 May 2022

Smallpox not the only infectious disease eradicated by humans

While reporting on the rise of monkeypox, the Times said that smallpox is the only disease ever eradicated by humans. But there has been another—the cattle disease, rinderpest.

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Smallpox not the only infectious disease eradicated by humans

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