From National Geographic

On her way to market in a village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a child carries a basket containing a Gambian rat, the arm of a monkey—and perhaps a fatal illness. Monkeypox lurks in African wild game, or bush meat: Rodents are a likely reservoir, carrying the virus without symptoms, while monkeys can die of it. So do people, and the human death toll is one of many mysteries about the disease. It is now known to be endemic to this region, says Anne Rimoin, a pioneering UCLA monkeypox researcher. Photograph by Lynn Johnson

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