Congratulations to Dr. Philip Johnson for his new paper published in The Lancet.

Congratulations to Dr. Philip Johnson for his new paper in the medical journal, The Lancet. The paper discusses the evolutionary potential of monkeypox and warns against complacency in the public health response to slower spreading diseases like monkeypox.


“Just because a disease like monkeypox appears controllable does not mean it will stay controllable,” said Johnson. “Slowly simmering epidemics like monkeypox have a higher probability of evolution during the time frame while case numbers are low. This means that waiting until the number of cases is high again would give monkeypox the opportunity to adapt more substantially to humans.”

The CMNS press release is available here:  https://cmns.umd.edu/news-events/features/4978