The World Health Organization was due to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the recent outbreak of monkeypox, a viral infection more common to west and central Africa, after more than 100 cases were confirmed or suspected in Europe.
Can't help with Virginia Astley, but I've had 'Monkey Cage' by Felix Da Housecat in my head, only as 'Monkey Pox'. Might be a bit hard to say "It's just overblown sniffles!" when your body looks like bubble wrap.
Her big album is entitled Gardens Where We Feel Secure.... from a terrible infectious disease that could kill us all.
Which is very prescient when you think about it.
(I may have added a little bit there).