Monkeypox Transmission: How Fast Does It Spread?

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that affects humans and some animals.

Monkeypox Transmission: How Fast Does It Spread?
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Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that affects humans and some animals. Although the disease is rare, it can cause severe illness and even death in some cases. As such, understanding how fast monkeypox spreads is crucial in preventing and controlling its spread.

Monkeypox Transmission

Monkeypox is primarily transmitted through direct contact with an infected animal or person. The virus can also spread through respiratory droplets from infected individuals or by touching contaminated surfaces or objects. In rare cases, monkeypox can be transmitted through airborne transmission.

The incubation period for monkeypox is typically 5 to 14 days. During this time, an infected individual may not show any symptoms but can still transmit the virus to others.

Monkeypox Spread in Humans

Monkeypox is most prevalent in Central and West Africa. In recent years, there have been several outbreaks of monkeypox in African countries, with Nigeria being the most affected. Other countries that have reported monkeypox cases include Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan.

In the United States, monkeypox is a rare disease. Since the first case was reported in 2003, there have been only a few cases reported each year. Most of these cases were associated with individuals who had recently traveled to Africa or had close contact with infected animals.

You can view the current number of monkeypox cases and deaths by country and US state on the Monkeypox Tracker website and the US testing data.

Preventing the Spread of Monkeypox

Preventing the spread of monkeypox involves taking several precautionary measures, including:

  • Avoiding contact with infected animals or individuals
  • Practicing good hygiene, including frequent hand washing with soap and water
  • Covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for infected individuals
  • Getting vaccinated against monkeypox

For more information on monkeypox symptoms, transmission, and prevention, visit the Monkeypox Tracker blog and FAQ section.


Monkeypox is a rare but serious disease that can cause severe illness and death. Understanding how monkeypox spreads and taking preventative measures can help prevent its spread. For up-to-date information on monkeypox research, news, and testing, subscribe to the Monkeypox Tracker blog.