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Causes of Monkeypox

Understanding the origins and transmission of monkeypox is crucial in preventing its spread. Explore the causes and risk factors in this informative article.

  • 06 Oct 2023
  • 3 min read

Monkeypox, a rare viral disease that is found mostly in Central and West African countries, is the latest of human illnesses caused by animal viruses. This virus is related to smallpox, and although it is relatively new to the health community there has been some reported cases as early as the 1970s. With its presence on the rise globally, it’s important to understand what causes monkeypox so we can take appropriate measures against it. In this article, we will talk about some of the main causes of monkeypox and its risk factors, and what you should do if you think you may have come into contact with it.


How is Monkeypox Caused?

One of the main monkeypox causes is direct contact with an infected animal or a person carrying the virus.

The transmission can happen through various means as follows.

  1. Direct contact with the bodily fluids, sores, scabs, or respiratory droplets of an infected person. Direct contact can occur through activities like cuddling, kissing, or engaging in sexual activity with the infected person.
  1. Contact with materials that have recently been contaminated by the virus, particularly those exposed to skin lesions. Contact includes clothing or bedding that has been in contact with infected lesions.

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The potential transmission of Monkeypox to pets occurs through common activities like

  • Petting
  • Cuddling
  • Sharing sleeping areas and food

Preventing the transmission of Mpox involves understanding what causes monkeypox, its indications, manifestations, and potential sources of exposure. If your partner is affected by Mpox, it's advisable to refrain from close contact until their sores have completely healed, scabs have naturally come off, and new healthy skin has formed. The Mpox recovery period may extend for approximately four weeks.



In conclusion, Monkeypox, formerly known as Mpox, is a rare viral disease resembling smallpox. Mpox generally spreads through direct contact with infected individuals, their bodily fluids, or contaminated materials. Understanding Mpox causes is crucial for providing proper care to affected individuals, as there is currently no established remedy. Close contact with infected persons or materials poses a significant risk, necessitating vigilance and preventive measures to curb its transmission. Also, ensure that you have a health insurance plan in place to avoid any financial stress due to diagnosis of monkeypox or any related-conditions covered by your insurance provider.

The above blog aims to provide general information about health and related topics. Any information provided in this blog, website or in any linked materials is not intended and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is important that you contact your Doctor before starting a new medicine or health regime.

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