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Could monkeypox be the next West Nile Virus?

Monkeypox may become endemic in the U.S. just like the West Nile Virus did after spilling over into the wild mosquito population two decades ago, an expert warns.

Dr Bobbi Pritt, a pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, told a key similarity between the diseases was that both had spread under the radar before being detected.

But she said monkeypox is likely to prove much easier to control because it was mostly being spread through sexual contact with infectious skin lesions, whereas the other is ‘indiscriminately’ transmitted by mosquitoes.

The West Nile Virus (WNV) became endemic to the U.S. just a year after its arrival and is now the leading cause of mosquito-borne illness in the country — sparking tens of thousands of cases every year.

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