How does monkeypox spread?

There are multiple ways monkeypox can spread:

  • Direct person-to-person contact with the infected rash, scab, or body fluid of the individual with monkeypox
  • By respiratory secretion, face-to-face contact, or intimate interactions such as cuddling, kissing, and sex. It is particularly important to monitor pregnant women as the disease can spread to the fetus.
  • Touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids.
  • In rare cases, monkeypox can spread from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by eating meat or using products from an infected animal.

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1. What is monkeypox?
2. How does monkeypox spread?
3. What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
4. How long does it take for someone infected with monkeypox to show symptoms?
5. How dangerous is it?
6. Is a vaccine available yet?