Virtual VDC
September 7, 2022

Public Health Response; Communication

The Next Big Thing?

Monkeypox: Little Misnomer, Big Surprises

Capt Jennifer McQuiston, DVM, MS

Incident Manager, CDC Multi-National Monkeypox Response 2022
Deputy Director, Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Love in the Time of Monkeypox

Sara R. Bresee, MPH

Health Communication Specialist
2022 Multi-National Monkeypox Outbreak Response
Community Outreach and Partner Engagement Team
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Clubhouse Location:
A Zoom screen near you
Agenda: (all times Eastern time zone)
6:25pm — Grab a beer, a glass of wine, or a soda from the fridge and get online
6:30pm — Meeting called to order in the usual way (ear muffs optional)
6:40pm — This is the part where some really excellent science is presented
7:45pm — Q & A
8:00pm — Adjourn, braced to face the Fall semester

Sigh… Yet ANOTHER year in which you will need to put the 'Dinner' in the Vaccine Dinner Club because Emory University is still not excited about having multi-hundreds of people crowded into the same room, masks off and eating. Go figure. Plus, the alternative -- having dinner individually delivered to everyone's house -- turns out to be logistically complicated and cost-prohibitive for us to. Which is not to say that you can't make an occasion out of the event and arrange to have GrubHub or DoorDash deliver ….

Dear Vacineers,
One of the questions on the registration form for this month's opening of the 2022-2023 season of the Vaccine Dinner Club is "In other news … What did you do with your summer vacation this year?"

No matter how you plan to answer that question I can pretty much guarantee that your July was less misadventure-filled than the Italian man who ended up in the news on August 25, 2022 after being written up in the Journal of Infection.

Specifically, nine days after coming home from a vacation in Spain the 36-year-old developed a fever, sore throat, and fatigue. Within hours he ALSO began to develop a rash on one arm which, by the next day, had covered his entire body (face, chest, arms, hands, legs, glutes) in painful vesicles. Quite sensibly he promptly headed to a hospital in his hometown of Catania, Italy (hopefully NOT using public transportation) where he was admitted for work up on the Infectious Disease service. Four days later he endured what was surely one of the worser days of his life when, in rapid fire order, a seemingly endless stream of health care providers trooped through his room to tell him that he had: a) swabbed positive for monkeypox virus, b) PCRed positive for SARS-CoV-2, Omicron variant BA.5.1, and c) Western Blotted positive for HIV-1.

Wowser. That has got to be THE worst matched set of vacation souvenirs in the history of ever.

So what's the deal with Mpox anyway? Is it the Next Big Thing or a flash in the pan? Try this, all but 511 of the 53,027 cases in the world (as of September 2, 2022), are in locations that have historically not reported monkeypox before.

The US is one of those places new to Mpox. The first U.S. case was diagnosed in Boston, MA on May 19, 2022. Three months later, it had spread to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC and the US has the highest number of cases in the world with 38% of total (19,961 / 53,027 as of Sept 2, 2022). This includes news of pediatric cases acquired from family members. Sigh.

Want to spend an evening not thinking about Covid for a change? We can help!

Register for the Season opener of the Vaccine Dinner Club and learn more about the latest entry in the Bestiary of Badness.* Invite your friends to join you!

*Bestiary of Badness:
Bats: Histoplasmosis
Beavers: Giardia
Birds: Pandemic influenza
Cats: Cat scratch fever, Toxoplasmosis
Cows: Listeria
Dogs: Rabies, Roundworm
Fish: Fish Tank Granuloma
Fleas: Bubonic Plague
Monkeys: Herpes B
Mosquitoes: West Nile, Zika
Pangolins: SARS-CoV-2
Pretty much every animal everywhere: Salmonella
Rabbits: Tularemia
Rodents: Hantavirus, Monkeypox
Ticks: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

See you for (virtual) dinner at the Club soon

Your friendly neighborhood Vaccine Dinner Club Goddess


Dear People Who Had This Message Forwarded to Them,


The Vaccine Dinner Club:

If you picked "e: All of the above" – Congratulations, you have what it takes to be a VDC member or guest! Read more about the VDC and consider joining us online September 7.

Kimbi Hagen, EdD
VDC Director/Goddess