Monkeypox is a virus from the orthopoxvirus family. This is the same disease family as the smallpox virus, though smallpox was eradicated in 1980 thanks to global vaccine endeavors. Unlike smallpox, monkeypox is neither as easy to transmit nor as fatal.
Monkeypox can be spread from person to person, or from animals to humans. It was first found in colonies of research monkeys in 1958; however, it did not originate with, and is not limited to, monkeys.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
With monkeypox, people will develop a rash that can spread all over the human body, including the face, hands, feet, eyes, mouth, throat, and groin. The lesions may be subtle or more pronounced, and they may range from one to a few thousand. Initially, the rash may look like itchy or painful pimples or blisters.
People with monkeypox may also develop the following symptoms:
muscle ache or backache
swollen lymph nodes
Symptoms typically last two to four weeks. If you suspect you may have monkeypox or have been exposed to someone with monkeypox, you should see your doctor or health care provider.