Monkeypox cases confirmed in more than 80 countries
August 11, 2022 - Confirmed cases of monkeypox have passed 31,400 in more than 80 countries where the viral disease is not endemic. Three countries – Brazil, India and Spain – have reported their first deaths.
Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus, a member of the same family of viruses as smallpox, although it is much less severe and experts say chances of infection are low, according to the BBC.
Monkeypox virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding.
Initial symptoms include fever, headaches, swellings, back pain, and aching muscles. Once the fever breaks a rash can develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body, most commonly the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. The infection usually clears up on its own and lasts between 14 and 21 days, the BBC said.