. Monkey pox is an infectious viral disease that is similar to human smallpox. The initial symptoms of monkey pox include fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a backache.
In some cases, chills, insomnia, and nausea may also occur. As the disease progresses, a rash typically develops that is composed of papules and pustules.
These lesions may blister and eventually scab and fall off. The rash can develop on any part of the body and can appear for up to three weeks. In some cases, the rash becomes itchy and can be accompanied by facial swelling.
Respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing, may also be present. In severe cases, monkey pox can cause life-threatening infections.