• The World Health Organization (WHO) has ended the global health emergency for Mpox.


  • Mpox is a viral zoonotic disease most commonly found in Africa and has infected around 87,000 people in 2022.
  • Monkeypox virus was initially discovered in lab monkeys in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1958.
  • The very first human cases were reported to be discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970.
  • The virus is a member of the Poxviridae family which is genetically similar to other poxviruses.
  • It spreads through close contact with an infected individual and can be transmitted from animals
    • Transmission can also occur by inoculation or via the placenta (congenital monkeypox).
  • Symptoms are similar to smallpox including fever, rashes, swollen lymph nodes, headaches etc, although with less clinical severity.
  • Currently there is no approved anti-viral treatment for the disease.
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