Anyone who finds themselves feeling ill after hooking up 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 he was personally driving the spread of monkeypox.
“The outbreak is occurring almost entirely among men who have sex with me,” Ryan tweeted Wednesday night. “Public health experts agree that sexual contact is the principle driver of transmission and have asserted that risk to kids remains *very low*.”
Ryan, who has written for The New York Times, Village Voice, Washington Post and New York magazine, apparently left out the letter “n” and intended to write that the monkeypox outbreak was occurring largely among men who have sex with “men.” He corrected himself with a follow-up tweet, but not before being ridiculed by Twitter users who first picked up on his error.
“I would once again like to apologize for inadvertently causing the entire global #monkeypox outbreak by typing too fast and leaving out a crucial consonant,” Ryan wrote Thursday.
Looking on the bright side, Ryan expressed gratitude that his typo was drawing attention to a global pubic health issue. On Monday, he penned a Washington Post op-ed urging health officials to provide gay men with transparent and accurate information regarding the spread of monkeypox.
The CDC reports the viral infection first appeared among 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.
It does not warn against intimacy with Ryan.