Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as the variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.
Monkeypox is spread through:
a. direct contact with an infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
b. respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex
c. touching objects, fabrics (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the rash or body fluids of someone with monkeypox
d. being scratched or bitten by an infected animal
● Monkeypox can be acquired by all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
● Monkeypox causes a rash.
● Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed.
This can take several weeks.