The highly contagious disease Monkeypox — a viral cousin of Smallpox — was reported in Maryland this week, marking the second US case in recent months.
The infected person, who recently traveled to Nigeria, had mild symptoms and was recovering in isolation, according to the Maryland Department of Health.
Here’s what you need to know about the potentially fatal illness:
What is Monkeypox?
The disease is endemic to central and western Africa, and was first discovered in lab monkeys in 1958. It’s in the same family as the Smallpox virus, variola, with milder symptoms and a lower fatality rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What are Monkeypox symptoms?
Symptoms include a fever, headache and achy muscles followed by a spotty