During the last several days there have been reports of monkeypox virus detection in multiple locations around the world.

Monkeypox is a very rare disease, but in the last few days it has been detected in Massachusetts, USA, Portugal, Spain, the UK, and Nigeria.

Although the number of cases is still small, health authorities are still looking for the connection between the cases, as monkeypox is usually connected to travel to Africa.

Monkeypox is related to small pox- a disease mostly eradicated from the world. The emergence and global spread of the new cases are raising concerns, especially in light of the COVID situation around the world.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, transmission occurs mostly through the exchange of large respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact. The virus can also spread via direct contact with bodily fluids, lesions or items they touch, like clothing or bedding. The illness is usually mild, though some cases can be fatal.

The spread is still limited, but caution and awareness are a key factor in early detection, and prevention, of the spread of the virus.

For more information about the virus, check out the CDC link below:


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