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What is Mpox?
Mpox is a disease caused by infection with the mpox virus. The mpox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases of mpox detected in the U.S. The current outbreak is disproportionately affecting men who have sex with men, however, anyone can become infected if exposed. Previously, mpox was found mainly in Central and West Africa. It was first identified as a human disease in 1970.
Signs & Symptoms
What are the signs and symptoms of mpox?
People with mpox get a rash that may be located on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.
- The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.
- The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.
Other symptoms of monkey pox can include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Muscle aches and backache
- Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
- Sometimes, people have flu-like symptoms before the rash.
- Some people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms.
- Others only experience a rash.
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