edMonkeypox is a rare viral zoonotic disease that is contagious for approximately 2-3 weeks. The virus can be spread to others through direct contact with an infected person or animal, or contact with contaminated objects or materials.
Symptoms may appear between 5 and 21 days after exposure. Therefore, until there is no more fever, blister-like skin lesions, or other signs of being actively infected, an individual should be considered contagious and should isolate themselves from other people. If appropriate precaution is taken, the risk to the general public is low.