Monkeypox may have undergone an ‘accelerated evolution’, scientists say – Livescience.com

The monkeypox virus mutated much faster than would otherwise be expected and probably went through a period of “accelerated evolution,” a new study suggests.

The virus, which infected more than 3,500 people in 48 countries since it was discovered outside Africa in May, it could be more contagious due to dozens of new mutations. In total, the virus carries 50 new mutations not seen in previous strains detected from 2018 to 2019, according to a new study published June 24 in the journal Nature medicine (opens in new tab). Scientists don’t usually expect it viruses like monkeypox get more than one or two mutations each year, the study authors noted.

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