Monkeypox patients could be infectious for up to 4 weeks

Monkeypox patients could be infectious for up to 4 weeks informed to health experts. People who catch the virus initially suffer a fever before rashes and skin lesions appear on the face and body. The virus can then be passed on through touching the affected areas or via droplets expelled in coughs and sneezes.

The month-long infectious period raises the likelihood that the virus could be passed on by infected patients to others. More than 80 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in at least 12 countries, the WHO has said. The WHO mentioned another 50 suspected cases are being investigated, without naming any countries, and warned that more cases are likely to be reported.

Infections have been confirmed in nine European countries, as well as the US, Canada and Australia. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a smallpox drug to treat monkeypox patients, while the WHO revealed it will hold daily meetings as the situation unfolds.

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