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How does Monkeypox Spread?

Monkeypox virus is a zoonotic disease, and it is mainly spread by animals. Humans are infected by bites or close contact with animals that carry the virus and are spread through blood, body fluids, and pollutants.

Human-to-human transmission can be caused by close contact with respiratory secretions, skin lesions, or recently contaminated objects of an infected person. Transmission through respiratory droplets typically requires prolonged face-to-face contact, putting health workers, family members, and other close contacts of active cases at greater risk. This may reflect decreased immunity in all communities due to the cessation of smallpox vaccination.

Monkeypox virus can also be transmitted from mother to fetus through the placenta (which can cause congenital monkeypox) or through close contact during and after birth. Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease, but close physical contact is a well-known risk factor for transmission, which include sexual contact. 

Current research suggests that the population is generally susceptible, but as mentioned above, the monkeypox virus and smallpox virus belong to the same viral family, so the smallpox vaccine is also effective against this virus. But since the global eradication of the smallpox virus in the 1980s, vaccination has stopped.


Person to Person Transmission


Animal-to-human Transmission


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