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The world is experiencing a monkeypox outbreak, with cases seen in a number of countries and across several continents. The viral infection rarely shows up outside of Central and West Africa.

Like other pox diseases, the telltale signs of monkeypox are painful lesions that can develop throughout the body. Although monkeypox can be fatal, the family of viruses responsible for the current outbreak causes a milder form of the disease. Watch the explainer above to learn more about monkeypox’s symptoms and how the disease spreads.

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