By: Morgan Stuve :7th hour

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is an exotic infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. The disease was first identified in laboratory monkeys, but in its natural state it seems to infect rodents more often than primates. The disease is most in Central and West Africa, but an outbreak also occurred in the U.S. in 2003. Monkeypox can cause many symptoms such as, about 12 days after people are infected with the virus, they may get a fever, headache, muscle aches and backache.



Getting Monkeypox is caused by a virus from monkeys that can spread to other animals such as prairie dogs. Therefore the infected prairie dogs that are sold as pets can spread to humans. To prevent getting Monkeypox you shouldn't touch animals in Central and West Africa rainforests. Also you can get a smallpox vaccination to help your body fight the Monkeypox virus if you are infected. In severe cases, immune globulins or antiviral medicines may be used. With treatment, such as medicine and a vaccine, you have a greater chance of a full recovery.

Morgan Stuve. Hour:5