Monkeypox: Disease Overview, Transmission and Diagnosis

Monkeypox is a viral disease, which is usually transmitted to humans from animals. The disease is known to have symptoms similar to those observed in smallpox patients, although it is considered to be clinically less severe.

In recent years, monkey pox has emerged as a prominent orthopox virus affecting public health. In May 2022, multiple cases of the disease were reported in more than 100 non-endemic countries, thereby making monkeypox a disease of global concern. Consequently, in July 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared global monkey pox outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). In fact, till date, over 84,000 cases of the disease have been reported, globally.

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