Morbidity and Mortality
Cases of monkeypox in humans are rare and usually zoonotic. Most outbreaks in the past have been short-lived and self-limiting, with only limited person-to-person spread. Through the mid 1980s, estimates of the human-to-human transmission rates ranged from 3.3% to 30%. However, during a recent outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which continued for more than a year, the person-to-person transmission rate was estimated at 73%. Some researchers speculate that people may have become more susceptible to monkeypox with the ending of vaccination for smallpox. The increased person-to-person transmission rate remains to be confirmed, as the outbreak occurred during a period of cινιℓ ωαr and the study was cut short.
Estimates of the case-fatality rate for monkeypox in Africa vary from 1% to 15%, with the highest risk of death in young children. In one study of 300 patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the overall mortality rate was 10% and the mortality rate in unvaccinated children was 15-20%. Respiratory complications occurred in 12% of patients in this study.During an outbreak of monkeypox in the U.S. in 2003, most cases appeared to be the result of contact with sick prairie dogs. Two of 79 patients became severely ill, one with encephalitis. No deaths occurred to July 1, 2003.https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/ah/diseases/monkeypox.html
Severity of disease correlated with rash burden and was also more severe in children and pregnant women.
the majority of fatalities and the most severe disease manifestations were observed in children younger than 5 years
Out of 247 cases in Zaire between 1970 and 1984, 98% of severe cases and 100% of fatalities occurred among childrenhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/monkeypox
Maybe this is why the push to overturn roe v wade?