Monkeypox may exhibit unusual symptoms, CDC warns

Physicians diagnosing monkeypox should be on the lookout for symptoms that do not quite fit typical descriptions of the disease, the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned (opens in a new tab) June 14.

Monkey pox virus belongs to the same family and genus as the causative virus smallpox and triggers similar but milder symptoms, depending on the CDC (opens in a new tab). At the start of the infection, people usually develop fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue. Then the characteristic rashes associated with monkeypox begin to appear. These rashes usually progress through several stages, initially looking like patches of discolored skin, then raised bumps, then blisters, and finally large pus-filled pimples; eventually, these skin lesions scab over and fall off.

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