The situation is evolving and WHO expects more cases of monkeypox to be identified as surveillance expands in non-endemic countries. So far, there have been no deaths associated with this outbreak. Immediate actions focus on informing people most at risk of monkeypox infection with accurate information, stopping the spread and protecting frontline workers.
Typical music trailblazer. Hardcore twitter fanatic. Extreme coffee fanatic. Extreme bacon fan. Hipster-friendly pop culture practitioner. Wannabe pizza ninja.
Monkeypox is a disease caused by a virus in the same family as smallpox, but it's not as serious, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, monkeypox can kill up to 1 in 10 people who contract the disease, according to observations in Africa, according to the CDC.
In 2003, 47 confirmed and probable cases of monkeypox were reported in six states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. All people infected with monkeypox in this outbreak became ill after having contact with prairie dogs as pets.
Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a smallpox disease occurred in colonies of monkeys bred for research, hence the name “monkeypox”. More new cases of monkeypox have been identified worldwide, with dozens reported in the UK, K.