For this episode, we’re going to take a break from Covid. We’re going to talk about Monkeypox.

While it may be only recently that people have heard of this virus, Monkeypox was actually first detected in 1958 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Throughout the decades, cases have been most commonly present in Central and Western Africa. 

Recently, however, it has spread throughout 94 different countries with forty thousand cases reported globally. On August 4th, the U.S. declared Monkeypox to be a public health emergency, with 14,000 reported cases. As of September 9th, there have only been three known cases here in Alaska.

To learn more about this virus, ATMI producer Kendrick Whiteman spoke with Dr. Joe McLaughlin. He is the chief of the Alaska section of epidemiology and the state epidemiologist. He breaks down everything to know about Monkeypox, how it compares to Covid-19, and much more.

They spoke on August 19th, 2022, back when there were only two reported cases in the state.

Hosted by Forrest Rodgers.

Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman. 


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