September 28, 2022
Monkeypox Virus: What to Know About the Disease

Anyone who’s been in very close physical contact with someone with an active case of monkeypox can get the disease. If you have symptoms or think you were exposed to monkeypox, seek medical care.

Cases of monkeypox are spreading throughout North America, Europe and other regions where the disease isn’t normally endemic, raising concerns that the current outbreak will continue to grow and that monkeypox may’ve actually been spreading more widely for a while.

“Investigations are ongoing but the sudden appearance of monkeypox in many countries at the same time suggests there may have been undetected transmission for some time,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing earlier this month.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a level 2 travel alert for monkeypox, which means travelers should practice caution regarding the monkeypox outbreak. This includes avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding meat from wild animals or game and seeking medical care immediately if you think you were exposed to monkeypox or have symptoms of it. 

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