“What people need to know very clearly is the transmission we are seeing is happening between humans to humans.” “They should certainly not be attacking any animals” That was World Health Organization spokesperson Margaret Harris on Tuesday. “We’re going to continue to monitor this situation very closely,” she said.

At least 10 monkeys — a combination of marmosets and capuchins — were rescued showing signs of poisoning or having been harmed last weekend. The monkeypox virus did indeed originate from wild animals like rodents and non-human primates (such as monkeys) Most transmission in humans outside Africa actually comes from person-to-person contact.

The animals were transported to a São Paulo zoo for treatment, and seven have died. The Environmental Military Police of Brazil believes that the monkeys were hurt by people out of fear of monkeypox. Normally, monkeypox is a rare viral disease seen mostly in central and western Africa.

Almost 90 countries have reported more than 31,000 cases of monkeypox since May. Outside of Africa, most cases (98%) are being spread by men who have sex with men. Monkeypox is most commonly spread by skin-to-skin contact with an infected person’s lesions.

Initial outbreaks reported in Europe are believed to have stemmed from sex at two raves in Spain and Belgium. Anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, can catch the virus if they are in close contact with an infected person. It is also possible for people to get monkeypox from infected animals through a bite or a scratch.
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