The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating five monkeypox cases in the United States, while the World Health Organization has now confirmed more than 90 cases in a dozen countries.
So far, these cases have "mainly but not exclusively been identified amongst men who have sex with men," according to the WHO.Experts stress that monkeypox does not spread as easily as COVID-19 and they do not expect a pandemic of that scale.
While the outbreak has mainly affected gay and bisexual men so far, other groups are also susceptible."I expect we'll see more cases, but I think we can contain it," Dr.
Peter Chin-Hong of UCSF told the Bay Area Reporter. "We can probably stamp it out by breaking the chain of transmission."The monkeypox virus is transmitted through close personal contact, including skin-to-skin contact, kissing, contact with clothes or bedding, and respiratory droplets, but it does not appear to spread through the air at longer distances like the virus that causes COVID.