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Fact Check-Older photos of monkeypox being used in recent news reports do not prove the virus is fake or a conspiracy

Social media users are sharing recent news articles using the same photographs showing monkeypox lesions from older articles and implying this is proof that the virus is a conspiracy or fake, as there are no recent photos. It is normal for news outlets to use older, file photos for illustrative purposes in their coverage, and monkeypox has existed for decades (and has therefore been documented for years).