Monkeypox or monkeypox has recently become a topic of discussion because it is currently engulfing several countries. Based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO), several countries that reported cases of monkeypox in Portugal, Australia, England, Spain, and other countries. The existence of this case raises new concerns.

In addition, there are also some people who question the connection between the ongoing monkeypox and the COVID-19 vaccine . Actually, does giving the COVID-19 vaccine cause monkeypox? Here is the explanation.

1. The news circulating
There is news circulating on social media about monkeypox being linked to the COVID-19 vaccine. Giving the vaccine is said to be the trigger for the emergence of monkeypox.

The COVID-19 vaccine is said to be able to reduce or weaken the body’s immune system or vaccine-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (VAIDS). In fact, the COVID-19 vaccine has nothing to do with monkeypox.

2. How is it true?
The news that the COVID-19 vaccine causes monkeypox is a hoax. The news about monkeypox caused by the COVID-19 vaccine was denied by the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information on its official website. In fact, there is no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccine causes a weakening of the immune system .

Donna Farber, head of the Division of Surgery and Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at Columbia University, said there was no such thing as a phenomenon known as VAIDS .

Still citing the same source, Stephen Gluckman, MD, professor of Infectious Diseases at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and medical director of Penn Global Medicine also says the same thing, that VAIDS is not a really real condition. In addition, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine lowers the body’s immune system.

3. Monkeypox is not AIDS
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a condition that affects the body’s ability to fight disease. This condition is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Meanwhile, the cause of monkeypox is different from AIDS. Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus .

Dicky Budiman, Indonesian epidemiologist for Griffith University Australia , also said the same thing that AIDS is a chronic disease caused by the HIV virus and is not related to vaccines. He added that there was no connection between the COVID-19 vaccine and monkeypox because the virus was found in animals, citing the Kominfo page.

4. Monkeypox is not a new disease
Although monkeypox has been reported more recently, this disease is not a new disease. Monkeypox was first detected in monkey colonies kept for research purposes in 1958. Because it infects monkeys, the disease is called monkeypox .

The first case of monkeypox infecting humans occurred in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, monkeypox has also been reported in several countries in Central and West Africa.

5. Including endemic diseases
Monkeypox is an endemic disease that occurs in certain countries, including Benin, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana (identified only in animals), Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan.

However, WHO is currently receiving reports of monkeypox cases occurring outside endemic countries. From the results of the identification of confirmed and suspected cases, there was no history of direct travel to endemic countries, so it was considered an unusual event.

The mode of transmission of monkeypox between humans is known through physical contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets , and contaminated items from an infected person.

The news that the COVID-19 vaccine causes monkeypox is a hoax. There is no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccine causes a weakening of the immune system. In addition, monkeypox has been around for a long time so it has nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine.