8 Proven Ways It Spreads (CDC)

The monkeypox was declared public health emergency in the United States on August 4, 2022. It is a zoonosis caused by an orthopoxvirus, endemic to parts of Africa.

It is characterized by high fevers and itchy skin which leave scabs and generate infectious fluids. According to data from registered cases in the United States, the 99% of those infected are men; of these, 94% said they had had intimate or sexual contact with another man.

The SGD called on the population to maintain vigilance and caution in the face of this virus, of which it is essential to identify the signs and symptoms.

The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explain that, classically, the monkeypox occurs in three stages.

After an incubation period of about 1-2 weeks, malaise characterized by fever and sudden swelling of various lymph nodes occurs. Followed by the appearance of a deep blistered or pustular rash that often starts in the center and spreads to the extremities

“Transmission of monkeypox can occur through direct contact with the rash, scabs, or infectious body fluids, through respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face or intimate physical contact, or by touching objects, such as clothing or bedding, which has already been touched by someone with an infectious rash,” they note.

The bone the sick are contagious until the scabs fall off and a layer of intact skin forms.

“A person with monkeypox can pass it on to others from the time symptoms start until the rash has completely healed and a new layer of skin has formed. The disease usually lasts 2 to 4 weeks,” they add.

8 Ways of Contagion of Monkeypox

The 8 routes of contagion verified by the CDC are:

1) Through the skin by direct contact with monkeypox rashscabs or body fluids from an infected person.

2) Through the skin to touch objectsfabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels) and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.

3) Contact with respiratory secretions of an infected person.

4) The intimate contact increases the risk of contagion because it is close to respiratory secretions. This is why you are more likely to become infected by having oral, anal and vaginal sex or by touching the genitals (penis, testicles, labia and vagina) or anus (anus) of someone with monkeypox.

5) Through hugs, massages and kisses.

6) Prolonged face-to-face contact.

7) Touching fabrics and objects during sex that have been used by someone with monkeypox and have not been disinfected, such as bedding, towels, fetish items, and sex toys.

8) A pregnant woman can transmit the virus to her fetus through the placenta.

The CDC says it’s also possible for people to get the monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal, or by preparing or eating meat or using products from an infected animal.

Scientists still don’t know if the virus can spread when a person has no symptoms. They are also continuing to research whether it can be spread through semen, vaginal secretions, urine or feces.

Symptoms of Monkey Pox



Muscle pain and back pain

swollen lymph nodes



Sore throat, stuffy nose, or cough

Nail rash that may be located on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, lips and vagina) or the anus (anus), but it can also be found in other areas such as the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth. They may look like painful pimples or blisters.

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