Monkeypox: What You Need to Know

Monkeypox is a rare but serious illness c​aused by infection with the monkeypox virus, which can infect humans and other animals, such as monkeys and rodents. The human monkeypox virus belongs to the genus Orthopoxvirus. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus, according to Maryland Department of Health website.

MyMCM spoke with Dr. Fabian Sandoval, CEO and Founder of Emerson Clinical Research Institute to clarify the danger of the virus and the need of a potential vaccine.

Total confirmed monkeypox cases: 4,907 in the United States. In Maryland 111 cases confirmed by Friday according to the CDC cases map.

The Maryland Health Department shares some tips to prevent getting monkeypox:​

If you are sick with monkeypox, follow CDC guidance on how to isolate​ and disinfect at home to avoid exposing others, according to MHD.

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