During infectious disease outbreaks, clinicians and public health officials are tasked with providing accurate guidance for the public on how to stay safe and protect themselves and their loved ones. However, sensationalized media coverage can distort how the public perceives new emerging infections.
Monkeypox is caused by a virus that, despite periodic outbreaks, is not thought to spread easily from person to person and historically has not spurred long chains of transmission within communities.
Similar to the World Health Organization's declaration of monkeypox as a public health emergency of international concern, the U.S. declaration isn't calling for individuals who are not in a high-risk group to change anything about their lives.
Two vaccines are currently approved in the U.S. that can provide protection against monkeypox.
The Biden administration Thursday declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency nationwide.
California state health officials are not yet declaring a state of emergency due to the monkeypox outbreak in the Golden State but say they are closely monitoring the situation.
Countries that are members of the United Nations are obligated to report cases of unusual diseases that have the potential to become global health threats.
Monkeypox is the latest global public health threat to make headlines. Most people who contract the monkeypox virus experience flu-like symptoms and a blistery rash that lasts two to four weeks, but a small percentage of infected people develop sepsis or other severe and potentially fatal complications.
One thousand confirmed cases of monkeypox, a disease originating in Africa, have been recorded since early May across at least 30 non-endemic countries. But what is this virus? Who is affected?