Monkeypox viruses remain sensitive to the available drugs

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The mpox virus is closely related to the smallpox virus (variola virus), which caused large, deadly outbreaks before it was eradicated by vaccination at the end of the 1970s. While the smallpox virus led to very severe disease progression with a death rate of about 30%, mpox is milder. Nevertheless, the mortality rate is still about 3%.

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