Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by a virus. It is characterized by fever, swollen lymph nodes and generalized rash. The rash causes many injuries to the face and limbs. Most cases of monkeypox occur in central and western Africa.
In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of monkeypox. Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches and exhaustion. The main difference between the symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy), while smallpox does not. The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually 7 to 14 days, but can range from 5 to 21 days.
The illness usually starts with flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion, which may last a day or two. A rash often appears one to three days after the fever, which progresses from red areas to small bumps on the skin. These can become blisters that can be filled with whitish liquid. In most cases, the virus affects the face, palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
In most cases, the rash also affects the skin inside the mouth, including the cheeks and lips.