Poxvirus; Orthopoxvirus; Monkeypox

Mpox is a viral infection in which a person develops fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and a rash that may include the entire body. Most cases resolve within 2 to 4 weeks.

This rare disease was found mainly in central and western African countries. Cases without international travel or contact with imported animals have been recently reported indicating spread of this infection.

Mpox was previously called "monkeypox."

Monkeypox rash

Monkeypox is a viral infection that causes fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and a painful rash. The monkeypox rash may involve part or all of the body. Once it appears, the rash goes through several stages. Stage 1: Macules - flat, distinct, discolored areas of skin Stage 2: Papules - raised spots on the skin that are less than one centimeter wide Stage 3: Vesicles - small fluid-filled blisters on the skin Stage 4: Pustules - small, inflamed, pus-filled, sores (lesions) on the skin surface Stage 5: Scabs - hardened crusts of blood that form over sores, which help protect the skin as it heals Monkeypox lasts 2 to 4 weeks. You are no longer contagious only after all symptoms are gone, scabs have healed, and new skin has formed.



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