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Posted on: June 17, 2022

[ARCHIVED] What is Monkeypox?

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Monkeypox is a virus transmitted to humans from animals. Its symptoms are similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is typically less severe. Monkeypox primarily occurs in central and west Africa, often near tropical rainforests. Monkeypox has been increasingly appearing in urban areas. Animal hosts include a range of rodents and non-human primates.

For more information on monkeypox, please visit the following sites:

New York State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

 World Health Organization (WHO)


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