Dr Derval Igoe, Interim Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre

This morning.

Via RTÉ News:

The Chair of the HSE’s Monkeypox Incident Management Team has said it is possible that cases of monkeypox will be seen in Ireland and an incident management team has been established to ensure that the country is fully prepared for that eventuality.

Dr Derval Igoe, Interim Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said cases that are currently been seen in Europe are arising without a link to Africa, where cases ordinarily occur.

Dr Igoe said many expert groups were working on the best ways to monitor the disease and spread awareness of it.

“We do have a lot of a lot of different professional groups working on this,” she said.

“We have our sexual health and infectious disease experts in the hospitals, also our national isolation unit, the virus reference lab, national immunisation office and the Department of Health.

“We are also working with Gay Heath Network to make sure the messages are delivered in a suitable way to the populations we know are seeing cases of this virus.”

Team set up to prepare Ireland for monkeypox – HSE (RTE)







Via The National Pulse:

The Wuhan Institute of Virology assembled a monkeypox virus genome, allowing the virus to be identified through PCR tests, using a method researchers flagged for potentially creating a “contagious pathogen”.

The study was first published in February 2022, just months before the latest international outbreak of monkeypox cases which appear to have now reached the United States.

The paper, which was authored by nine Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers and published in the lab’s quarterly scientific journal Virologica Sinica, also follows the wide-scale use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests to identify COVID-19-positive individuals.

The Infamous Wuhan Lab Recently Assembled Monkeypox Strains Using Methods Flagged For Creating ‘Contagious Pathogens’ (National Pulse)


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101 thoughts on “Here We Go

    1. galaxiapolizia

      spanking the monkey…???

      say it ain’t so…!

      (…that’ll have to do ’til U N M U T U A L swings by…)

        1. ce

          That’s some high level punning – you could cover for bodger during the holidays with that kind of thing…

          1. Sara

            You might want to check the definition of homophobia. And while you’re at it, you might want to check the definition of transphobia.

          2. SOQ

            I am very familiar with the definition of homophobia because I have lived with it my entire life- and your comment above is most definately homophobic.

          3. Sara

            Clutching at straws as usual. You know, if you honestly looked at yourself, you might become a much better person. I’ve rarely seen someone more self-obsessed or conspiracy driven.

          4. SOQ

            You pass disgusting comments like that then tell the victim to look at themselves?

            You are an obnoxious troll who brings nothing but toxidity. We have been here before with AIDS- it is not going to happen again.

          5. johnny

            ..put a muzzle on your monkey,why do you feel the need to pile on like an uncouth ape evey time,does he need the help?
            speaking of poxes.

          6. johnny

            …from the anit-vax ‘expert’ who ‘assumed’ that astra was number 1 in UK,then based rest his morning”s monkey diatribe on that false premise-duh Pzifer is in twice as many UK Nationals….facts matter.

          7. Kin

            I was listening to an expert putting our minds at ease
            Yes it’s spread by big spittle not small spittle (airborne
            it’s transmitted by contact with a person who has it and from touching the same towels (that dose not state how long the pox lives on surfaces)
            And yes open sores count as well

            No one is checking the flights for postural laden passengers or some who might be in the early stages
            Just imagine getting on a plane
            Of course it was the same in the early days of covid no one checking anyone coming in to this country
            Just wear a mask and keep aware of your surroundings

            Mind you an extra killing for big pharma
            Some say they are bigger than oil

    1. Kali

      Lockdown, we need LOCKDOWN NOW!!! Humanity is doomed, the world is ending again. This is it people, let’s all rush out and buy as much bog roll as we can. Anyone who disagrees with the bogroll mandate is an anti science loon!!

        1. U N M U T U A L

          Hey nigel, while you’re here…
          on a scale of 1 to 19…
          How concerned should we be? :-)

          1. Nigel

            Look, this is either the vaccines mutating your genes to give a very small number of people worldwide the monkeybono or evil Wuhanite bioterrorists deliberately making a very small number of people worldwide ill, so you need to permanently stuck at about one million.

      1. SOQ

        Put your politics away luv because at this stage, you can be certain that the relevant disease experts are not ruling anything in, nor out.

        1. Nigel

          No, the experts are working on it, you’re spreading ideologically focused speculation and conjecture that will turn into ‘facts’ that are being ignored by pharma whores and the MSM.

          1. Ian - oG

            Giggidy, why the need to call him ”Nigella”?

            Do you think using the female version of a man’s name is some great and hilarious insult in 2022?

            It’s not and makes you look like a bit of a misogynist.

          2. Nigel

            Yes, trying to connect emerging health issues and/or health issues they’ve suddenly decided to notice.

          3. Ian - oG

            Ah so it was the other boys that did it?

            I see.

            Still sounds very stupid as insults goes.

          4. Nigel

            Yes, and now it has emerged again, and will probably be dealt with, while SOQ and co integrate it into their mythology.

          5. GiggidyGoo

            No Nigel. It emerged a few years ago. It didn’t emerge again. It’s been around every year since 2019 at least.

          6. Nigel

            No, it was just unleashed by either the vaccines or the Wuhan bioweapons lab Giggidy.

          7. Nigel

            I don’t particularly want to get stuck going endlessly round a roundabout with you again. You may have the last word if so inclined.

      2. K. Cavan

        We’re concerned, Nigel, not about Monkeypox, which is pretty harmless but because our government’s response to a harmless if novel common cold virus, dictated to them by Bill Gates, killed a huge multiple of the 3 premature excess deaths caused by Sars02.
        It’s not the Pox that’s the problem, it’s the Politics.
        Globalism is the most powerful & murderous political ideology any of us has seen in our lifetimes & it’s a long way from completing it’s stated depopulation agenda.

        1. Nigel

          It isn’t harmless, Bill Gates didn’t dictate the response. Typical that your scary depopulation agenda somehow involves a virus that you call harmless, though. That’s a bit like the fossil fuel industry creating the climate change hoax that is demonising the fossil fuel industry.

    2. Kin

      Apparently small pox is identical to monkey pox in humans
      Maybe that’s why a smallpox vaccine is supposed to work

  1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

    arising without looks to Africa…so what out of thin air ?

    1. SOQ

      Is there some sort on infection pattern or is it like the new Hepatitis which is just popping up at random?

      Is it a reactivation of something like shingles, or are they entirely new infections?

      Were these people all vaccinated? If so, with what?

      What is the HIV status of these people? Are they on any medications for such, or PrEP?

      How long from infection until symptoms manifest?

      Can people be asymptomatic carriers?

      Is it solely by close personal contact, or can it be carried on objects like towels?

      So many unknowns at this stage.

      1. Kin

        Maybe the viral research labs are having a fire sale of stock
        All these things coming in waves
        Increase in AIDS
        Monkey pox
        What next
        Seems no checks at airports
        A war in Ukraine that looks like it could be WW3
        A war in Taiwan that could be also part of WW3
        Then brexit
        It’s panning out to be a great year

    2. Ian - oG

      From rodent bites apparently.

      Was sharing a colleagues car this morning and he is a newstalk listener (OMFG what utter crap) but they had Luke O’Neill on and contrary to what is said about him on here his response to Pat Kenny was that this is nothing to worry about as it’s quite hard to contract, its barely fatal and easily controllable. Also said there is little likelihood of it mutating so provided people wash hands as normal etc. no reason to worry too much.

      Said similar about the new Covid variants as well.

      Anyway, I’m looking forward to all the posts about him causing panic and how I am now his number 1 fan etc. (I think this was the second or maybe third time I have ever heard him speak, he says ”you see” a lot, like almost every second sentence.)

    1. Ian - oG

      Raheem Kassam, as you might expect, is a right wing (far/alt/pistacchio?) scumbag who supports both the National Front and BNP and is a predictable bigot.

      Another day, another slide into the right wing filth for Stormsheet.

      Must be up to its oxters in it now?

  2. Mr .T

    Same monkeypox genome sequenced by the israelis a few years back fwiw

    Either very stable or something more nefarious

  3. Micko

    Wuhan lab working on Monkeypox ye say?

    Really? What could possibly go wrong?

    Wuhan Virus Part 2 incoming… ;-)

    1. SOQ

      I hope you are wrong Micko- Robert Malone wrote about this a couple of days ago.

      “Unless there has been some genetic alteration, either through evolution or intentional genetic manipulation, it is not a significant biothreat, and has never been considered a high threat pathogen in the past.”


      Intentional genetic manipulation is a possibility of course.

      1. Nigel

        Ah yes, if it isn’t vaccines it’s another Wuhan bioweapon leak. All the bases covered.

        1. Ian - oG

          I think a lot of people are just playing too much Resident Evil?

          OK, OK, no such thing as ‘too much Resident Evil’ but the clamouring for some Umbrella Corporation style drama is starting to get a bit boring now.

          Climate change and it’s consequences like 49 degree heat in India is just not exciting enough it seems?

          1. Nigel

            Climate change is a hoax invented by the fossil fuel industry to make everyone hate the fossil fuel industry and push for their societies to reduce fossil fuel dependency. Ingenious, when you think about it.

          2. E'Matty

            @Nigel, anthropogenic climate change is a hoax designed to create the perception of an external threat so great the people will accede (and even call for) the creation of supranational governance structures with the power to legislate on every aspect of life on earth. Nothing is off limits to “Save the planet”. The narrative has been created and nurtured by the old Big Oil interests chiefly focus around the Rockefellers of Standard Oil fame, the Dutch Royal family (Royal Dutch Shell) and the British Royals (BP). They seek power and those who control the transition to the Green economy will hold absolute power over all life on earth. Quite the prize. Oh, you thought they just love Oil?

          3. Nigel

            Yeah, Big Oil, really storming the transition to renewable energy sources on foot of their amazingly succesful hoax, whch somehow involved spending millions over decades denying that climate change was real.

          4. E'Matty

            I said quite clearly it is the old Big Oil interests (Rockefeller, British and Dutch Royals) and yes, they are at the very centre of the climate change movement and the global environmentalism movement. Do you even know who Maurice Strong was? A big oil man all the way and an acolyte of David Rockefeller.

            Maurice Strong was the single most significant public figure in the creation of the global climate change movement. Strong commissioned the Report ‘Only One Earth: The Care and Maintenance of a Small Planet’ and then established the Stockholm Conference, the first time numerous countries were brought together to discuss the global environment. He then established the UNEP and was its first executive director. Strong was one of the Commissioners of the World Commission on Environment and Development. He was appointed Secretary General of the UN Conference on Environment and Development known as the Earth Summit in Rio. Strong drafted the Terms of Reference for the IPCC, whose studies are being relied upon to support the claims of human carbon emissions driven global climate change. He was a Co Founder of the 1001 Club, a group of elite bankers and corporatists (major polluters), which is the piggy bank of the World Wildlife Fund.

            Strong, an associate of David Rockefellar (Rockefellars of Standard Oil fame) since his early twenties, was involved in Dome Petroleum, Ajax Petroleum, Norcen Resources, AZL Resources, Ontario Hydro, and of course he headed up Petro-Canada at the request of Pierre Trudeau, father of Justin.

            Strong, a self described “socialist in ideology, a capitalist in methodology”, came to see that the key to his vision was “environmentalism”, the one cause the UN could harness to make itself a truly powerful world government.

            “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the
            industrialized civilizations collapse?
            Isn’t it our responsiblity to bring that about?”
            – Maurice Strong

          5. Micko

            ” no such thing as ‘too much Resident Evil’ ”

            I have the Resident Evil VR version for the playstation. Pretty intense.

            Only played it for one night, very scary stuff. Especially when my cat jumped onto my lap mid game.

            I nearly crapped myself! ;-)

            Never again…

          6. Ian - oG

            G’way outta that Micko, you know you’ll be back!

            I must admit to being a big fan, been a long time since I played it but I will go back to it someday and VR might just the thing to do it!

          7. ce

            Burning fossil fuel destroys the air around us…

            Not at all.., but the governments a Big-Sinister Inc. release chem trails from planes…

            … and throw in a bit of Rockefellar (ie. Jews-run-the-world…) for validation…

          8. Nigel

            They are not the centre of the climate change movement. None of the organisations or people you mention are the centre of the climate change movement which has always been centred on environmental activists and scientists who have always pushed back against greenwashing and corporate capture.

            On top of that, nothing in your comment shows that climate change is a hoax, and the fossil fuel industry having their fingers in high levels of policy and funding is hardly news, why do you think so little is being done?

        2. Kin

          Maybe a weapon for the great reset being finalised in DAVOS
          But one thing it’s not Nigel is the backstop

    2. K. Cavan

      Poxes have huge virions, compared to most viruses, so they’re cheap to manipulate & more poxes have been discovered over the last few years than any other type of virus. They’re double-stranded DNA viruses, not RNA, which makes them inherently stable.
      Horsepox, equine Smallpox, was eradicated then declared extinct, many years ago. In the early 00s, a group of US scientists had several harmless DNA sequences created in different labs, then mailed to their lab. Assembled together, these sequences recreated the Horsepox genome, samples of which are now held in several labs.

  4. f_lawless


    Someone took screenshots of the various changes that have been made to the NHS’s webpage on monkeypox in recent times by comparing archived versions dating from Nov 2nd 2021 and May 19th 2022 (that are stored on the Wayback Machine website) with the current version. I had a look myself to confirm the screenshots are genuine.

    Example lines that have been deleted:

    “It’s usually a mild illness that will get better on its own without treatment.“[emphasis mine]

    “It’s very uncommon to get monkeypox from a person with the infection because it does not spread easily between people”

    Example line that has been added:

    “But as monkeypox can spread if there is a close contact, you will need to be isolated if you are diagnosed with it”

    It’s been well documented at this stage the ever increasing corporate influence over NHS policy and guidelines. Can’t be having a line like “will get better on its own without treatment” when there’s potentially millions worth of taxpayer’s money up for grabs in new drug deals. ;)

    1. Nigel

      But if this is a new variant it might not get better on its own without treatment, and until transmission is better understood, self-isolation is appropriate. Seems like sensible changes to make until more is known. Good luck trying to make it sound sinster. Then again, this is for a specific audience who already knows this is sinister.

      1. f_lawless

        Sounds legit:. Base public health guidelines on wild speculation based on no apparent evidence by removing a reassuring statement that the disease will usually get better on its own without treatment – a statement which is based on prior evidence.

        Unless, you find it credible that there actually is evidence that recent infections are not getting better without treatment but there’s been some kind of conspiracy to keep that information from getting into the public realm? You could call that sinister I suppose. I don’t find it too credible myself

        1. Nigel

          Calling it wild speculation is an incredible stretch. The prior evidence was based on a prior variation. It may turn out to hold true, but it would be irresponsible to assume it. How are changing these guidelines AND keeping any such information secret from the public in any way consistent with each other? You’re being sensationalist.

          1. f_lawless

            Should’ve known you don’t see the value in adhering to an evidence-based approach to setting public health guidelines. It’s not responsible to remove the evidence-based statement that “monkeypox will usually get better on its own without treatment” based only on evidence-free speculation that “a new variant” could do something different. As we’ve witnessed in Covid era, this kind of approach to public health policy only undermines credibility and public confidence in health authorities. Trying to manipulate public behaviour through hyping fear is not part of a healthy functioning society.

            On top of that, according to a WHO statement from 2 days ago, there’s no mention of an unusual variant.
            Quote: “To date, all cases whose samples were confirmed by PCR have been identified as being infected with the West African clade”. Did you just come up with that idea about the variant on the spot? The mental gymnastics of an authoritarian?

          2. Nigel

            You made up a bioterrorist attack out of exactly nothing, you don’t get to grandstand about evidence-based anything.

            I still don’t see the changes as being significant or sinister, no matter how much hard work you put into making it so.

          3. Chris

            Everyone gets to grandstand over you Nigel, as noted elsewhere you’re a habitual spoofer – one who concocts fantasy scenarios to excuse your precious authoritarians.

            “I still don’t see the changes as being significant or sinister” – after you were caught out on another lie. Why anyone would consider an iota of the boot-licking drivel you post is beyond me.

          4. Nigel

            You’re all so hyper-dramatic, in order to make every single little thing an awesome and terrible revelation.

  5. galaxiapolizia

    …can’t wait to hear HSE D-G Paul Reid
    on the national airwaves saying “Monkeypox”…
    with his delightful brogue an’ all…

  6. Daisy Chainsaw

    I’m surprised the resident conspiraloons haven’t started referring to it as Vonkeypox.

  7. GiggidyGoo

    Rumours are that the druggies in North Yorkshire have a new product called E-Poxy. Does that resinate with anyone?

  8. Fergalito

    It’s at times like this I’m reminded of Alan Partridge and his Monkey Tennis idea.

    I say “times” but, you know, shoild probably be the singular rather than the plural

    1. Mad

      Alan: Right, ah, now you’ll like this one. Knowing M.E., Knowing You. I, Alan Partridge, talk to M.E. sufferers about the condition. You know, we intersperse it with their favourite pop songs, make it light-hearted, you know, give them a platform, you’ve got to keep the energy up, because… You don’t like it?
      Tony: No.

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