It's containable, but expect more cases

Experts at the World Health Organization say nations should be prepared to see more cases of monkeypox in the coming weeks.

That doesn't mean the situation is necessarily getting worse though, or that the disease is out of control. Health officials say they are confident that the spread can be contained.

Why? Although the outbreak we are seeing is unusual, the virus is not so easy to catch as some other diseases, such as Covid. We know it takes very close physical contact - often skin-on-skin - to spread monkeypox between people.

And unlike Covid, which is often asymptomatic, people with monkeypox will usually feel unwell and notice a rash.

Drugs and vaccines are already available that can help control and treat monkeypox.

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