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Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with a virus. We’ve known monkeypox can cause disease in people since 1970. Before 2022, monkeypox was mostly seen in parts of central and west Africa. During 2022, monkeypox was reported in places where it is not usually found. This includes countries around the world, including the U.S. and here in Ohio. 

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Confirmed monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases include individuals with detection of monkeypox virus or orthopoxvirus DNA, or detection by genomic sequencing, in clinical specimens.  

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Frequently Asked Questions about Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with a virus. We’ve known monkeypox can cause disease in people since 1970. Before 2022, monkeypox was mostly seen in parts of central and west Africa. During 2022, monkeypox was reported in places where it is not usually found. This includes countries around the world, including the U.S. and here in Ohio.

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