Monkeypox virus is a double-stranded DNA zoonotic virus that causes monkeypox in humans and other animals. It belongs to the genus Orthopoxvirus in the family Poxviridae. It is one of the human orthopoxviruses that includes variola, cowpox, and vaccinia viruses.
Monkey pox is mostly found in West and Central Africa, but additional cases have been seen in Europe, including the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world in recent years. According to Center For Disease Control and Prevention, those cases are typically linked to international travel or imported animals infected with the pox. Monkeypox virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding.
An incubation period takes 7 to 14 days after transmission. Initial symptoms of Monkeypox are typically flu-like, such as;
5.Muscle weakness, followed by swelling in the lymph nodes, which help the body fight infection and disease.
A feature that distinguishes infection with monkeypox from that of smallpox is the development of swollen lymph nodes.
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