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Monkeypox

Monkeypox virus (MPV or MPXV) is a double-stranded DNA zoonotic virus that causes monkeypox in humans and other animals. It belongs to the genus Orthopoxvirus in the family Poxviridae. It is one of the human orthopoxviruses that includes variola (VARV), cowpox (CPX), and vaccinia (VACV) viruses. It is not a direct ancestor to, nor a direct descendant of, the variola virus which causes smallpox. Monkeypox disease is similar to smallpox, but with a milder rash and lower mortality rate.























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