How deadly is monkeypox? What scientists know

Out of more than 57,000 people confirmed to have had monkeypox infections, at least 22 have died, representing a death rate of about 0.04%. That’s significantly less than the 1–3% that has been reported during outbreaks caused by a similar viral strain in West Africa over the past few decades. The true death rate is almost certainly higher than current estimates: countries in some parts of the world might not be capturing all deaths during this outbreak because they have limited resources for testing and surveillance.

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