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What Is Monkeypox & Should You Be Worried? Here’s What You Need To Know

Cases of the rare disease have been reported in the U.S.

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After dealing with one pandemic for more than two years, the last thing we want to think about is another widespread illness, but unusual cases of monkeypox in the news has some worried. Here’s what you should know.

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What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a virus that is generally transmitted to humans from animals (including primates and rodents). It was first identified in Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970.