Monkeypox sounds scary, but it is unlikely that it will ever cause you any problems. It is much more difficult to transmit or acquire than COVID is. It is always good to be aware of health risks, but this is not one that should occupy much concern for you. In the rare event that an adult in your household develops monkeypox, share this information with your pediatrician and discuss what you can do to protect your child from infection. Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about monkeypox.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. The virus causes a rash that can look like chickenpox (varicella); herpes simplex virus; allergic skin rashes; hand, foot, and mouth disease caused by enteroviruses; or molluscum.

Monkeypox got its name after the disease was discovered in colonies of monkeys kept for research in the 1950s. It was first discovered...

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