Monkeypox can be prevented and treated through vaccination and antiviral medications. Vaccinating with live virus vaccines, such as the Smallpox Vaccine, is the most effective technique to avoid infection and cure those already infected. In addition, antiviral medications – such as oseltamivir and ribavirin – can be used to significantly reduce the severity and duration of the illness.
Severe untreated cases may be fatal, but the fatality rate is very low when people get medical care. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention if you think you may have contracted monkeypox virus.