How Long Will Monkeypox Be Around?

It is being reported that Monkeypox may be around for a long time. According to the CDC, Monkeypox is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox, but it’s much less severe and rarely fatal. It was first discovered in 1958. While it was originally identified in monkeys, some researchers believe it actually comes from rodents.

Doctors say monkeypox is spread primarily through prolonged skin-to-skin contact. Right now, they’re seeing the most transmission through sexual activity, but it can be spread through any skin-to-skin contact. 

Oregon health officials say that right now there aren’t any monkeypox cases among kids in the state. But as school starts up again soon, officials are having conversations about how to handle any cases that could arise. Regardless, the OHA said that schools are considered a low-risk setting.

A research shows that the first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970. Before 2022, monkeypox was reported in several countries in Africa. Earlier this year, it started spreading to other countries around the world, including the U.S.

Experts says the good news is Monkeypox is not as communicable as COVID-19, which spreads through the air and is highly contagious. also no far, there haven’t been any deaths from monkeypox in the U.S.

Monkeypox is said to be extremely painful, and it could lead to worse infections. Anyone can catch it, if only through verious ways. At this point, doctors say they expect monkeypox is going to be in the community for months, maybe even years.

Activists say that there’s been a lack of urgency from health officials in making available information, testing, vaccines and treatment for the underserved and for the people most affected.