The Virus Continues To Spread Across the USA: What You Need to Know About Monkeypox

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The monkeypox outbreak is continuing to spread across the country, with more than 6,300 confirmed cases—including five children—in the U.S. as of Wednesday.  

New York City, California, Illinois, and other cities have declared state of emergency. The World Health Organization declared the spread of the viral disease an emergency worldwide. 

Experts advise that people living with monkeypox patients should take preventative measures to stop further spread.  

It is best to have them use plasticware or paperware, so they can throw away the items. However, if they are using items that must be kept, experts recommend wearing gloves and masks to collect them and wash them away. 

If someone has a monkeypox, sharing towels, clothes, and sheets can spread the virus. Most cases are spread via close physical contact.  

A rash is common in monkeypox patients. Experts say other symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle pains, swelling of the lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion and muscle aches. It can last up to four days. 

This virus can cause severe pain. “I can’t even describe it. It feels like broken glass,”Gabriel Morales spoke to The New York Times. However, Monkeypox is less contagious than COVID-19 and more likely to cause death. However, young children and those with immunocompromised may be at greater risk for the disease if they get it.