The virus has been declared a global health emergency. Here’s what that means for you, plus advice on symptoms, treatment and more.
Over the weekend, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox ― a viral illness that causes fever and rash ― a global health emergency after outbreaks have been detected in more than 70 countries.
The illness doesn’t usually spread across the world, but it’s currently going through multiple new communities, which happens when an infected person has close contact with someone else. Declaring a global emergency means that a coordinated international response is needed to address the virus. The last time the WHO declared a global health emergency was for COVID-19 in January 2020.
Here’s what you need to know:
What is monkeypox and what are the symptoms?
Monkeypox is a DNA viral illness that causes fever and a distinctive, bumpy rash that looks like blisters or pimples until it eventually scabs over as a person recovers. The lesions can show up on the face, hands, feet, inside the mouth and more. The virus can also cause headaches, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and fatigue.
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