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Monkeypox: What is monkeypox? What are the symptoms?

Posted by on Monday, August 15, 2022 in .

Monkeypox is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. On July 23, 2022, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. On August 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the ongoing spread of monkeypox virus in the United States a Public Health Emergency (PHE).

Symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, muscle aches and backache, headache, and a rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. The rash may go through several stages, including scabs, before healing. The rash may be painful or itchy.

Monkeypox symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. More information can be found here.