Monkeypox normally appears as an acute rash accompanied by other symptoms including a headache, fever, swollen lymph nodes, muscle and body aches, back pain and weakness.
Never ones to pass up an opportunity to prove The Simpsons’ prophetic powers, fans have been sharing a clip from a season seven episode which features a strangely apposite moment.
The episode titled Home Sweet Home-Diddly-Dum-Doodily features a scene where Bart and Milhouse have contact with a monkey who sits on Bart’s head.
Bart gets lice as a result, while Milhouse is ‘so cold’ with a flu-like illness after contracting it from the monkey.
Simpsons predicted the next pandemic #MonkeyPox\n\nShut up and take your vaccines you racist white supremacist!\n\nFunny how big companies keep telling us what they about to dopic.twitter.com/Z1BWee9RaB
In England, at least 20 cases of the virus have been detected by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) since 6 May, predominantly in gay and bisexual men.
The United Nations’ AIDS agency has now claimed that some reporting about the virus in relation to African people and the LGBTQ+ community, “reinforce homophobic and racist stereotypes and exacerbate stigma”.
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