Monkeypox is a rare disease that was first identified in humans in Africa in 1970, but it is now appearing for the first time in patients who have not visited that continent.
What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?
LONDON: European and American health authorities have identified several cases of monkeypox in recent days, mostly in young men. It’s a surprising outbreak of a disease that rarely appears outside Africa.
Health officials around the world are keeping watch for more cases because, for the first time, the disease appears to be spreading among people who didn’t travel to Africa. They stress, however, that the risk to the general population is low.
WHAT IS MONKEYPOX?
Monkeypox is a virus that originates in wild animals such as rodents and primates, and occasionally jumps to people. Most human cases have been in central and west Africa, where the disease is endemic.