What is monkeypox – Outbreak in Wales – what are the symptoms?

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The monkeypox virus causes a disease with symptoms similar, but less severe, to smallpox, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Typically the virus presents with fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes.

It is mostly transmitted to people from wild animals, such as rodents and primates, but human-to-human transmission is also possible.

Up to a 10th of people infected with the virus may die, with most deaths occurring in those of younger ages.

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