Anyone who feels sick after going online with this can’t say they weren’t warned.
Prominent medical writer Benjamin Ryan was the victim of an unfortunate typo that left one of his tweets to imply that he was personally behind the spread of monkeypox.
“The outbreak is happening almost entirely in men who have sex with me,” Ryan tweeted Wednesday night. “Public health experts agree that sexual contact is the primary driver of transmission and have asserted that the risk to children remains *very low*.”
Ryan, who has written for The New York Times, Village Voice, Washington Post and New York magazine, apparently omitted the letter “n” and intended to write that the monkeypox epidemic was largely occurring among men having sex with “men”. He corrected himself with a follow-up tweet, but not before being ridiculed by Twitter users who first noticed his mistake.
“I would like to once again apologize for inadvertently causing the whole world #monkeypox epidemic by typing too fast and omitting a crucial consonant,” Ryan wrote on Thursday.
Looking on the bright side, Ryan expressed his gratitude that his typo brought attention to a global public health issue. On Monday, he wrote a Washington Post op-ed urging health officials to provide gay men with transparent and accurate information about the spread of monkeypox.
The CDC reports that the viral infection first appeared in primates in 1958 before being detected in humans in 1970.
“Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal,” according to the CDC.
He does not warn against intimacy with Ryan.