monkeypox

noun
mon·​key·​pox | \ ˈməŋ-kē-ˌpäks How to pronounce monkeypox (audio) \

Definition of monkeypox

: a rare virus disease especially of central and western Africa that is caused by a poxvirus (species Monkeypox virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus), occurs chiefly in wild rodents and primates, and when transmitted to humans resembles smallpox but is milder

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Recent Examples on the Web Experts believe human-to-human transmission of monkeypox occurs primarily through large respiratory droplets. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 17 July 2021 The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Chron, 16 July 2021 Currently, there is no proven, safe treatment for monkeypox virus infection. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Like smallpox, monkeypox causes skin blisters that eventually scab over. Maggie Fox, CNN, 16 July 2021 When monkeypox reappeared in Nigeria's Akwa Ibom state in 2017, teams trained doctors in sample collection and provided education to reduce stigma. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 12 May 2021 The wildlife trade contributed to the spread of the H5N1 virus, monkeypox and other diseases, according to a 2007 study in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. Danielle Beurteaux, Scientific American, 30 Dec. 2020 In recent decades, epidemics of SARS, MERS, Ebola, H1N1 flu, Zika, and monkeypox showed the havoc that new and reemergent pathogens could wreak. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2020 New cases were reported of Middle East respiratory syndrome in the Middle East, of Ebola and monkeypox in the Congo, of monkey fever in India, and of wild poliovirus type 1 in Pakistan. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2020

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jul 2021

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“Monkeypox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monkeypox. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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monkeypox

noun
mon·​key·​pox | \ ˈməŋ-kē-ˌpäks How to pronounce monkeypox (audio) \

Medical Definition of monkeypox

: a rare virus disease especially of rain forest areas of central and western Africa that is caused by a poxvirus of the genus Orthopoxvirus (species Monkeypox virus), that occurs in wild rodents and primates and in captive monkeys, and that when transmitted to humans resembles smallpox but is milder

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