How is monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox spreads in different ways. The virus can spread from person-to-person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. In addition, pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta.

Monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with close contact with materials contaminated by the virus.

Touching items that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids, including clothing, towels, or bedding is another way monkeypox spreads.  It’s also possible for people to get monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by eating meat or using products from an infected animal.

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1. What is monkeypox?
2. Is monkeypox deadly?
3. Who is at risk for monkeypox?
4. What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
5. How is monkeypox spread?
6. Should I get vaccinated?
7. Where can I get vaccinated?
8. What are the treatments for monkey pox?
9. What if I have an adverse reaction to the vaccine?
10. Where can I get tested?