Monkey pox is an infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus from the same family as the smallpox virus. It got its name due to its original discovery in 1958 when it was found in laboratory monkeys. The disease is now primarily spread by rodents and is mostly seen in Central and West African countries.
The symptoms of the disease include fever, body aches, and skin rash which can cause severe skin lesions. This virus can be spread to humans through contact with infected animals or through direct contact with infected persons.