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Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. This virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.
The virus was discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research. Despite being named “monkeypox,” the source of the disease remains unknown. However, African rodents and non-human primates (like monkeys) might harbor the virus and infect people.
The first human case was recorded in 1970. Prior to the 2022 outbreak, monkeypox had been reported in people in several central and western African countries. Previously, almost all monkeypox cases in people outside of Africa were linked to international travel to countries where the disease commonly occurs or through imported animals. These cases occurred on multiple continents.
Symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Know the symptoms and when to contact a healthcare professional.
People who think they have been infected or have had close personal contact with someone who has should visit a healthcare provider to help them decide if they need to be tested.
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