Last reviewed: August 9, 2022 at 1:17 p.m.
Monkeypox virus (MPV) naturally infects small mammals in West and Central Africa. In humans, monkeypox will usually cause one or more painful sores, blisters, or rash. It also causes fever and flu-like symptoms in about fifty percent of cases.
MPV is currently spreading between people primarily through direct skin-to-skin contact with infectious sores or body fluids. MPV may be transmitted by respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact, kissing, or sex. Respiratory transmission through brief casual interactions is very unlikely. MPV may also be spread by material contaminated by MPV sores, like bedding or clothing. Current evidence suggests that someone must have symptoms in order to spread the disease to others.
Find more basic MPV information on the Washington State Department of Health Monkeypox page.
Chart last updated: 08/04/2022
This table is updated Monday-Friday as new information becomes available.
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