Marjorie Taylor Greene Implies Kids Infected by Monkeypox From Sex

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday July 27, 2022
Originally published on July 25, 2022

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn't understand what monkeypox is to the surprise of no one. But she is making some damaging claims to her followers in a recent tweet.

As reported by Newsweek, Greene to Twitter and called monkeypox "a sexually transmitted disease." It is not. Then she implied that the only way children could possibly catch the disease if if they are having sex with someone who has it.

"If Monkeypox is a sexually transmitted disease, why are kids getting it?" she said, posting a video from the CDC explaining a recent case of monkeypox in children that was traced back to a gay man, the population most affected by the disease currently. She implies that sexual activity must have taken place for infection.

Then as the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency, she tweeted: "Of course it is.."

Since May, there have been 16,836 recorded cases of monkeypox across 74 countries, as of July 22, according to the CDC. Despite the outbreak being concentrated among gay men, it is not an STD and can be passed to anyone with direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.

"STDs generally require direct mucosal surface-to-mucosal surface contact to be spread. STDs aren't spread by dry fomites like toilet seats," explained Denise Dewald a Cleveland, Ohio-based pediatric medical doctor, via Twitter. "Monkeypox is not an STD. Just because we have a founder effect where it has been passed through sexual contact doesn't make it an STD."

She added, "Monkeypox will become established in the pediatric and general population and will transmit through daycares and schools. It is not an STD. It is like MRSA. This isn't rocket science."

Perhaps someone should tell Rep. Greene?