Claims circulate that global monkeypox outbreaks were faked, exaggerated

Several social media users are questioning what happened to monkeypox following the global outbreak earlier this year, with one viral post suggesting that the disease’s “marketing team” quit. The post suggests that monkeypox is not deadly and was never a real threat.

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