Later fake news o covid-19, now social networks are flooded with misinformation about monkey goddesses. Among the false ideas that are being propagated, Internet users can read that the disease is “caused by vaccines” and that the Spanish authorities will be aware of the problem before the first cases of contamination are discovered.
Posts shared on social media since May suggest that monkeypox has been linked to the covid vaccine produced by Oxford / AstraZeneca, as chimpanzee adenovirus is among its components. The claim is a fallacy, experts say.
This adenovirus is genetically modified so that it cannot reproduce in the human body, and it also belongs to another family of viruses that cause monkeypox. Experts interviewed by AFP insist that there is no connection between the two pathogens.
The disease got its name (“monkey goddesses”) because it was first discovered in monkeys in 1958. “However, monkeys are not hosts. Most likely, in Africa, on the continent where the virus originated, its sources are rodents,” Professor Flávio Guimarães da Fonseca said. president of the Brazilian Society of Virology, told AFP.
Adenovirus is used in vaccines as a vector to transmit genetic instructions to vaccinated cells, which then produce their own immune response against Covid-19. Like other “viral vector” vaccines, adenovirus is not able to contaminate the vaccinated person’s body.
Smallpox in Spain
A message on the Telegram raises the question of why the Spanish government “bought” two million doses of the smallpox vaccine in 2019. According to the publication, this procurement proves that the authorities knew that cases would occur.
Experts explain that the disease has been eradicated, but its virus has not, so it is normal for a country like Spain to have strategic reserves of immunizers.
Dr Jaime Jesús Pérez, a spokesman for the AEV (Spanish Vaccino Association), reminded AFP in a statement that “smallpox is an eradicated disease, but its virus still exists, both in the United States and Russia, in maximum safety laboratories.” .
The disease has been considered eradicated since 1979 thanks to vaccination. The general population has not been vaccinated since 1984.
Other posts on social media ridiculed the allegedly “rapid” development of PCR tests to detect the monkeypox virus and warned of “false positive results, as with Covid-19”.
The WHO (World Health Organization) explains that the most appropriate way to diagnose the disease, in addition to the clinic, is a PCR test. This protocol was adopted a few years ago, long before the covid-19 pandemic.
The PCR test “is based on the development of molecules that recognize only the genetic sequence of this microorganism,” Álvaro Fajardo, a doctor of biological sciences and researcher at the LVM (Molecular Virology Laboratory) at the Uruguayan Nuclear Research Center, told AFP.
Monkey goddesses ‘nurture’ ‘elites’
In 2021, NTI, an American organization specializing in the prevention of nuclear and bacteriological hazards, organized a simulation of the monkeypox epidemic. The date chosen for this fictional scenario? May 2022
This coincidence is widely used to claim that the increase in monkeypox cases has been orchestrated.
As the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of many NTI collaborators, the American billionaire, who has been the target of conspiracy theories for years, is also accused of being behind this new health warning.
“For the purposes of the exercise, we wanted to select a pathogen that was likely in our scenario and we chose monkeypox among several options suggested by our experts,” the NTI explained, noting that “the risks posed by monkeypox have been well documented for years. health authorities “.
“What is important to remember (from the 2021 simulation) is not the specific pathogen in our fictional scenario, (but) the fact that the world is completely unprepared for future pandemics and that we must act urgently to address this vulnerability. “, Added the organization.
A similar rumor circulated in 2020 about Covid-19, based on a simulated coronavirus epidemic in 2019.
Doxycycline, a new pseudomedicine
Many posts on social media point to doxycycline, an antibiotic that “cures smallpox in two days,” as a drug adapted to fight smallpox in monkeys. But doxycycline is not considered a cure for the disease because it is not effective against the virus, as several experts explained to AFP.
To find out which medications can help alleviate the symptoms of monkeypox, it is best to visit a doctor.