Altruism brought 2022 mpox outbreak to a happy end

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Altruism brought 2022 mpox outbreak to a happy end

Massimo Giola

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Soldiers in the Sacred Band of Thebes would rather die than abandon their lover on the battlefield [Image: Dejan Krivokapic on Pixabay]

Last year, we saw the largest ever global outbreak of mpox. Sexual health specialist Massimo Giola looks at how it was stopped in its tracks

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