Monkeypox Cases Taken on by Cambridge Researchers


Since May of this year, over 3,400 cases of monkeypox have been identified in the UK, albeit case numbers are presently declining. According to the WHO, the disease has reached 106 nations and areas worldwide, with 25 documented fatalities.

The Medical Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council each contributed £2 million to the project.

“scientists will work meticulously alongside specialists from governmental agencies“

In order to examine the problem and guide actions in regards to public health, scientists will work meticulously alongside specialists from governmental agencies.

Professor Michael Weekes, from the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, explained that "monkeypox has become a really important global pathogen, reaching more than 50 countries worldwide in a matter of months. Global roll-out” for vaccines and treatments “has proved challenging.”

“I anticipate the data we generate will rapidly help understand how the virus can be targeted in new ways to prevent disease."

Professor Geoffrey Smith, from the Department of Pathology, commented that “the ability to respond quickly to this new challenge has been helped greatly by the swift and welcome response of UKRI” and “decades of support for orthopoxviruses from UKRI and the Wellcome Trust.”

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