The monkeypox virus causes a disease monkeypox. It is a new threat to all The monkeypox virus typically infects rodents like rats or mice, as well as nonhuman primates like monkeys. However, it can happen to people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors cases reported in countries where monkeypox is uncommon, such as the United States. The CDC is monitoring many cases of monkeypox throughout the world, including Europe and the United States, in the 2022 monkeypox outbreak.
Symptoms of monkeypox may appear 5 to 21 days after exposure. The incubation period is the time between being exposed and developing symptoms.
- Skin rash
- Muscle aches and backaches
- Swollen lymph nodes
About 1 to 4 days after you begin having a fever, a skin rash starts. The monkeypox rash frequently begins on the face, hands, or feet before spreading to other parts of the body. The monkeypox rash progresses through several stages. Flat spots develop into blisters.
You can spread monkeypox while you are ill. So from the time, your symptoms begin to the time your rash and scabs heal.
If you have a new rash or any monkeypox symptoms, see your doctor right away, even if you don’t know anyone who has it.
Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus. Close contact with an infected animal or person spreads the monkeypox virus. It can also spread when a person handles materials that have been in contact with someone who has a monkeypox, such as blankets.
The monkeypox virus spreads from person to person through:
- Direct contact with rashes, scabs, or body fluids of a person with monkeypox.
- Clothes, sheets, blankets, or other materials that have been in contact with rashes or body fluids of an infected person.
- An infected pregnant person can spread the monkeypox virus to a fetus.
Monkeypox spreads from an animal to a person through:
- Animal bites or scratches
- Products made of infected animals
- Direct contact with body fluids or rashes of animals with monkeypox
Take these steps to prevent infection with or the spread of the monkeypox virus:
- Avoid close contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
- Avoid handling clothes, sheets, blankets, or other materials that have been in contact with an infected animal or person.
- Isolate people who have monkeypox from healthy people.
- Wash your hands well with soap and water after any contact with an infected person or animal.
- Avoid animals that may carry the virus.