Monkey pox is a rare disease caused by the monkey pox virus, which is similar to the virus that causes smallpox. It is believed to be transmitted through contact with infected animals, such as monkeys, and is only found in certain areas of central and western Africa. The infection typically causes a mild to moderate illness that is similar to chickenpox, with a rash of raised bumps on the skin.
There is currently no vaccine available for the prevention of monkey pox, and although the disease is not fatal, it can cause severe health complications in some cases. Although there are fewer cases of monkey pox now than in the past, it is still considered an emerging health problem in many countries.