Monkeypox mix-up caused by bedbugs.

Human monkeypox lesions

Human monkeypox lesions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mom\\\\\\\’s monkeypox mix-up caused by bedbugs and concerned grandma, son says – HealthPop – CBS News.

Ok, I just read this article and I read it this way: grandma calls the hospital about bug bites.  Hospital calls the CDC.  CDC goes Rambo and quarantines the plane.

Which brings up the legitimate question, who was playing with monkeys?  If monkey pox can only be transmitted by monkey “blood, bodily fluids, or rashes” then when did anyone suspect these children had been wrestling with monkeys?  Wouldn’t that have been a really good question to ask mom before quarantining a plane?  “Ma’am, have your children had intimate contact with a monkey recently?  Sharing food, rubbing bodies, that sort of thing?  Did they perhaps eat raw monkey or drink monkey blood before boarding?”  Now that would be an interview I’d like to see online.  Instead, they didn’t do any interviewing and decided it was monkey pox because children overseas are all obviously monkey pox candidates.

It occurs to me that all I’d need to do these days is mention the word “pox” or even sneeze wrong in an international flight to see myself in quarantine.

So, eerily, when does it all end?  Who monitors the CDC to let them know when they are out of line?  Who watches the Watchmen?  And who makes the next monkey pox call?

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  1. #1 by Life With The Top Down on April 28, 2012 - 5:25 am

    Seriously! Who answers the phone at the CDC? I just imagine someone sitting there with a board listing all the diseases with names that are meant to scare the crap out of all of us. When a call comes in they take their trusty dart out, put the blindfold on and hope it lands on something as weird as Monkey Pox. There is no other explanation…honestly.

    That photo is nasty!

    • #2 by Christopher Maloney, Naturopathic Doctor on May 1, 2012 - 8:14 pm

      Yes, it is a nasty pic. Having lived through pathology class at lunch hour, I got to see hundreds of similar pictures while eating lunch. And they say medical school doesn’t desensitize people!

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