PTI validation: COVID-19 vaccines do not cause monkeypox or shingles |  health

PTI validation: COVID-19 vaccines do not cause monkeypox or shingles | health

The increase in monkeypox cases has led to a series of posts on social media, with many claiming the chimpanzee adenovirus vector used in AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine is the cause of the outbreak, and some suggesting the infection is shingles and a “known” side effect. to stab. Experts PTI spoke to said that both claims, which have become the subject of intense debate on Twitter with multiple posts and thousands of retweets, are untrue. Adenoviruses and smallpox viruses are not related, and shingles is not the same as monkeypox.

While it is true that the AstraZeneca vaccine uses a vector of chimpanzee adenovirus in its formula, the virus has been mutated to prevent it from growing in human cells. The scientists explained that the role of the vector is to transfer the vaccine component into human cells, and it does not establish any type of infection per se.

“While both adenovirus and primates are DNA viruses, one cannot cause the other,” said Vineta Pal of the Pune Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research.

A DNA virus is one of those viruses in which the genetic material is DNA rather than RNA – eg, adenoviruses, herpesviruses, and poxviruses.

“Even for absurd conspiracy theories. It is tantamount to saying that since we are all infected with human adenoviruses frequently, we are at risk of contracting smallpox,” added Satyajit Rath, visiting faculty member at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).

Outbreaks of monkeypox in many countries around the world have raised alarm because the viral disease, which spreads through close contact and was first discovered in monkeys, occurs mostly in West and Central Africa, and only occasionally spreads to other places.

As during many previous outbreaks, misinformation and false news about the disease spread on the Internet.

“Surprising that, after injecting millions of people with genetically modified chimpanzee virus, monkeypox is now spreading?” asked a Twitter user. The post garnered more than 6000 likes and more than 2000 retweets.

“So, two years later, the increase in (monkeypox) cases is ‘baffling to scientists.’ So none of these ‘experienced scientists’ thought that by using chimpanzee adenovirus in an entirely new vaccine that actually has more than 1,500 side effects, it could cause So some other issues along the line??” another user with hundreds of likes and tweets wrote on the post.

The suggestion was echoed elsewhere on Twitter as well as Facebook as users highlighted the list of ingredients that make up the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, known as Covishield in India, which is the most widely used in the country.

The scientists also debunked another claim that monkeypox is shingles, a side effect of COVID-19 vaccines.

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.

Varicella zoster is a member of the herpes virus family, unlike monkeypox, which is a member of the smallpox viruses, and rashes caused by the two viruses appear differently on the skin.

On the other hand, smallpox is an acute infectious disease caused by the smallpox virus, which is a member of the orthopoxvirus family.

Although monkeypox virus is caused by a virus in the same family as the poxvirus, the former is much less severe than the latter although it causes a similar illness that includes flu-like symptoms and a rash with lesions.

“Shingles = shingles. Shingles is a known side effect of a stab. You’re playing. This novel won’t hold up,” wrote one Twitter user who has garnered thousands of likes and tweets.

Another Twitter user asked, “Is shingles from monkeypox from the vaccine?” The post got nearly 10,000 likes.

Shingles and monkeypox are two different diseases caused by viruses from different families, experts said, and they are not likely to be confused based on lab tests or physical symptoms.

As far as I know, there are no “side effects of any of the virus vaccines that look like shingles as there are shingles outbreak or pain and tingling along nerves, suggestive of shingles,” Pal explained.

“The distribution of smallpox in monkeypox, as far as I know, is not in line with the neural roots,” Rath added. The immunologist said, “Immunologically speaking, I see absolutely no reason to expect such a result in any way. And shingles is nothing like monkeypox, for a doctor.”

The two claims – that AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine is behind the monkeypox outbreak and that monkeypox is shingles and a side effect of Covid – are ‘false’.

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a shared feed.)

2022-06-02 06:05:12

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