. Monkey pox is an infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus.
It is closely related to the smallpox virus, and is found primarily in rainforest regions of Africa. Symptoms of monkey pox can range from mild to severe and include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, a rash that may cover the entire body, and swollen lymph nodes. It is typically spread to humans from animal-to-human contact or through the inhalation of contaminated dust particles.
Treatment includes rest, fluids, medications to reduce symptoms, and supportive care. Vaccines for human monkey pox are available in certain countries.