Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus. It was first discovered in 1958 among laboratory monkeys.
The first human case of monkeypox was in 1970 and it happened in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Since then, monkeypox has been reported in many central and western African countries like Nigeria, Gabon, Cameroon, Liberia, and many others.
Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headaches, swellings, back pain, and aching muscles.
The rash is usually around the face, palms and feet and are quite painful and itchy. They also cause scars and wounds on the body.