When monkeypox briefly found its way into the US in 2003, it infected prairie dogs. “We know that ground squirrels are highly susceptible to the virus and that there is a wide host range of species,” says Rimoin. “If monkeypox were able to become established in a wildlife reservoir outside of Africa, it would be a very complicated situation to navigate.”
To pinpoint exactly how widespread the current outbreak is, the UK has chosen to make monkeypox a notifiable disease, meaning all health professionals and laboratories that detect suspected cases are required to alert the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
“I think the UKHSA has done the right thing because they’ve
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