What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox Monkey Flower Virus Detected in the Country
Monkeypox Monkey Flower Virus Detected in the Country

Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958, when outbreaks occurred in colonies of monkeys held for research – which gave rise to its name. (Here's what you need to know about monkey flower.)

The first human case was reported in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which had the majority of infections. Other African countries where it is found: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone.

The CDC says the human symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than those of smallpox. It manifests as a flu-like illness accompanied by swelling and redness in the lymph nodes on the face and body.

Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. Monkeypox also causes swelling of the lymph nodes, something smallpox does not. The incubation period is usually 7-14 days but can vary from 5-21 days.

Typically, cases recorded outside of Africa are linked to international travel or imported animals.

source: nbcnewyork

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