If you've read recent articles published about monkeypox, you’re probably scared out of your mind. But despite what the fear-mongering press claims, monkeypox is still FAR from rampant throughout the U.S. In fact, currently there are only 92 cases (and 28 more suspected) outside of Africa. But the origin of this disease — specifically, how and why it suddenly spread to the West — is something scientists are working hard to determine. Glenn gives the latest details on what we know so far…
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GLENN: What are you going to do today, Stu? What are you going to do?
It could be our last day. This monkey pox is spreading like wildfire.
STU: It's everywhere.
STU: Every surface you touch is 80 percent monkey pox.
GLENN: Monkey pox.
STU: That is science.
GLENN: Okay. So let me just go through some of the articles that I read, just to prepare for this show today. And I warn you, they're very, very scary.
President Biden raised alarm on Sunday, about monkey -- I should do this. Monkey pox.
It's a viral infection fast spreading around the world. And he warned that the disease which can be spread as easily through handling a contaminated object, is something that everybody should be concerned about.
Monkey pox! Rarely seen outside of Africa, has found in recent weeks, a home in Europe and the United States.
Stu, do you know how many people have monkey pox right now in the United States?
STU: How many people in the -- it's 330 million. 329 million have monkey pox right now. Right now. If you're listening to this right now, you have it.
STU: Yes. You have it.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh. I'm so worried about it.
STU: I can see it on you. It's crawling all over you, the monkey pox.
GLENN: As of Saturday, the 92 cases, and 28 suspected cases, have been identified in 12 countries, outside of the African nations, where it happens all the time.
STU: Poor Africa. They're like -- it's a real panic now. Because it's no longer there. When it was there, we didn't seem to care about it much at all. Because it's hitting Africans. But now we're very concerned about it.
GLENN: I know. I know. There's been one confirmed case in the United States. A man in Boston was diagnosed last week. But public health officials believed case numbers will soon increase.
And even though it's only occasionally fatal, the speed at which the monkey pox virus is spreading. Has raised fear of another pandemic, that would further strain health services already stretched so thin, because of COVID-19.
And the CDC says there's no proven safe treatment for monkey pox. What are we going to do!
Now, that's the first story. Then you get into the next story. This one from the Daily Mail. Held between May 5th. And May 15th. The gay pride, the Canary Islands gay pride attraction, brings visitors in from across the continent.
It was attended by people who have tested positive for monkey pox.
STU: For what?
GLENN: Monkey pox.
GLENN: This is according to the public health service over in England.
The Canary Islands now investigating any links between the cases and LGBT plus celebrations. Among the 30 or so, diagnosed in Madrid. There are several who attended the event. Although, it's not yet possible to know, if one of them is patient zero of this outfit. Or if they all got infected there. There are two suspected cases of men in the Canary Islands. One with links to the LGBT plus festival. I don't know what happened to the two people --
STU: What about the IA? The double Q?
GLENN: Yeah, they're out too. They're probably all dead from monkey pox.
GLENN: I'm sorry. From monkey pox!
STU: It hit the two spirits first. That, we know.
GLENN: Okay. So here's the thing: The next story, three confirmed cases of monkey pox have been linked to a homosexual fetish festival in Belgium.
GLENN: The Darklands Festival in Antwerp.
That doesn't sound like a place to go -- hey. What are you doing this weekend?
Well, mom, I was thinking about going to the dark lands festival in Antwerp. You just know, it's not -- mom is not going to approve.
STU: There's not going to be any hotel rooms available. Both things are tragic.
GLENN: All right. So it's been linked to all three confirmed cases of the disease in Belgium, following four days of partying that began May 5th, according to AFP.
The festivals organizers said on their website, the Belgium government had asked them to inform attendees as the outbreak was likely caused by a festival goer bringing the sickness in from abroad.
So somebody was in Africa. Or apparently, in Spain. And they had the monkey pox.
GLENN: And then they started having sexual with people. And then at these festivals and other things that have not been identified yet.
They were having sex and -- and rubbing their pox on other people.
STU: They're rubbing their pox?
GLENN: Well, that's what has been to happen. You have to have the open weeping soars. And rub it on somebody.
Now, the World Health Organization, says it expects to identify more cases of magic -- monkey pox.
GLENN: That was weird.
STU: That's also the actual fat finger problem, that you did. You did the Homer Simpson.
GLENN: It was. As of Sunday, ninety-two confirmed cases, twenty-eight suspected cases of monkey pox have been recorded, 12 member states, available information, suggests that human to human transmission is occurring among people in close, physical contact with cases, who are symptomatic.
STU: So my understanding of the monkey pox. I don't have the he can do zero on that --
GLENN: Monkey pox.
STU: Is that it's not a sexually transmitted disease, per se. Like AIDS.
GLENN: Yeah. No. You could have it -- you could have it. And go, give me a big hug. I haven't seen you in a while.
STU: It's close intimate contact. Not necessarily sexual contact.
But close contact where you're touching with them. You could have it with a hug or kiss.
STU: So sex certainly qualifies --
GLENN: So if we would just -- yes. It does.
STU: Vigorous. Vigorous extended hugging.
GLENN: Here's the thing. You don't want the monkey pox.
GLENN: Stay away from people with open, weepy soars. Okay?
Don't have sex with strangers. Here's one. If you --
STU: Is that a hard and fast rule?
GLENN: That's pretty much, yeah. If you happen to have open, weepy soars.
GLENN: You should go to the hospital. That's pretty much how we're going to get around this, I think. You know.
STU: Yeah. So it doesn't have to -- honest question, here. Do you actually have to be showing signs of monkey pox to pass it.
GLENN: It's my understanding. However -- well, I am a doctor. So I can do speak with great authority on this.
STU: You won't -- you're not really a Doctor of Medicine. But you're more of a Jill Biden-esque doctor.
GLENN: No. I'm a doctor of humanities. Who is affected by this. Monkeys and?
STU: Humans. I don't think that's how that works.
GLENN: So, anyway, here's the thing, it's my understanding that the soars are the key here.
Now, maybe you can get it from kissing and saliva. I don't know.
STU: You will have to stop kissing strangers. No!
GLENN: Yes. We are. We're going to have to, unless you want the monkey pox. Then we're all going to get it, and we're all going to die.
Now, I think this is the important thing here. The council of Europe's parliamentary assembly voted late last week, to uphold a scathing report that announced virulent attacks against LGBTQ people, regarding the monkey pox. It's apparently, people are pointing out, I think it would -- I mean, if it's a fact. I would like to know, where else these things are being contracted. But so far, we know that those two places, the two festivals, one in the -- in Spain, or the Canary Islands. And one in Antwerp. Both fetish festivals. That's where it's coming from. So far. Now, there may be other places. But so far, those are the places that everybody knows. So it's not really a hate crime, when you're pointing out, where a deadly disease is being spread.
STU: People are -- these the people are so invested and obsessed with identity. Like this.
GLENN: No, I know.
STU: Everything turns into a race. It's a sexual preference type of issue. It's just infuriating. My understanding -- and I will say, it's limited. My understanding of monkey pox is limited.
GLENN: Shut up. Really?
STU: There's a limit to the knowledge I have about monkey pox.
GLENN: Well, we'll keep that in mind.
STU: So we'll take that with a grain of salt. But my understanding of the situation, correct me if I'm wrong on that, doctor.
GLENN: I worked hard for that.
STU: It's not like a covid. It's not one of these things that gets spread in mass numbers, from viral particles floating in the air. It's extended, close personal contact of some sort.
GLENN: Yeah. Let's say you had the pox. Which you're the most likely to have it. If we were giving each other, very long, expended naked hugs.
STU: That's true. Which I don't foresee at any point.
GLENN: Which I don't foresee either. But I would be the one who would be like, oh. You've got open, weepy soars.
I don't think I'm going to hug you today. At least for a long period of time.
STU: Right. Minimum contact. Totally fine.
GLENN: Reason. Maybe just a quick hug.
STU: But you don't want to extend that contact. Under any circumstances. Monkey pox is not --
GLENN: Now from the Associated Press in London, scientists, who have monitored numerous outbreaks of monkey pox in Africa, say they are baffled by the disease's recent spread in Europe and North America. Cases of the smallpox related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West Africa. But in the past week, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, U.S., Sweden, and Canada, all reported infections, mostly in young men, who haven't previously traveled to Africa.
There are about 80 confirmed cases worldwide. Fifty more suspected. The World Health Organization said, France, Germany, Belgium, Australia, reported their first cases on Friday. This doctor said, I am stunned by this. Every day, I wake up, and there are more countries infected. He's a virologist, who formerly headed the Nigerian Academy of Science, and who sits on several WHO advisory boards.
This is not the kind of spread we've seen in West Africa. So there may be something new happening, in the West.
So they don't see this spread in Africa. Like this. So somehow or another, it jumped from Africa, and mutated.
STU: Wait. Is that what they're saying?
GLENN: Doesn't that sound like -- this is not the kind of spread we've seen in West Africa. There must be something new happening in the West. So somebody got it. Uh-huh.
And then had sex, perfect cis sex. That icky kind of cis sex, and -- and then it mutated. And now it's everywhere.
STU: And your cis sex that you're calling icky, sarcastically is the C-I-S. Not the S-I-S. That one you actually do think is icky.
STU: It's hard to --
GLENN: Well, yeah.
STU: Clarifying our terms here.
GLENN: If you want to be a bigot and --
STU: That's true. Maybe it's not okay to say it.
GLENN: Yeah. It's probably not.
STU: Probably not. Because my understanding, again, of monkey pox is limited. But my understanding of monkey pox in the past, is that they could always trace it to travel to western Africa.
And they're like, okay. This person went. They got a time share. You know, in Ivory Coast.
GLENN: Who doesn't?
STU: Right. You know, I've got two.
And they went, and they visited. And they got the monkey pox. And they flew it back on some airline. And now here it is. We see now two people have it, because of that direct spread this is the household. And we'll stop that chain. And it goes away. That's the typical way, monkey pox goes. Not the way it's going this time. Now, is it possible that the travel just happened to alike with multiple fetish traveling sex parties.
GLENN: I don't know. But you would be bigoted to ask that question.
STU: I would be. That's why I would not ask the doctor.
GLENN: Right. You don't ask that question. How dare you. You're the same fellow, that I think was talking about the Wuhan labs and the China virus, which it had nothing to do with China.
GLENN: Or the laboratory.
GLENN: And you know what is shocking. In 2020, I think, or 2021, the WHO and the -- the WEF held a war game on the next virus. And it happened to be monkey pox. And they did it again, a few months ago. And they used monkey pox as the global outbreak.
GLENN: Now, if that's true, which it is. We verified. If that is true, and they also war gamed the first ever, coronavirus, right before covid, these guys, we should listen to them. Because they're genius.
STU: They do seem to see the future.
GLENN: Right. They do seem to see the future. Which is weird. And that is your monkey pox update. Be afraid. Be very afraid.