Health experts have reportedly said that Monkeypox patients could pass on the disease for up to four weeks after symptoms appear.
Amesh Adalja, an emerging infectious diseases experts at John Hopkins University, made the warning in an interview that monkeypox patients could be infectious for up to four weeks, reports the DailyMail.
People who catch the virus initially suffer a fever before rashes and skin lesions appear on the face and body. The virus can then be passed on through touching the affected areas or via droplets expelled in coughs and sneezes.
“It can take a few weeks for the skin lesions to disappear. People are contagious until their active skin lesions have dissipated,” he said.
Michael Head, a global health expert at Southampton University in England, agreed with his assertion, the report said.
“Based on previous monkeypox outbreaks and guidance from [UK health authorities] and WHO, the infectious period (i.e. when the virus can be transmitted to another person) can be comparable to the time period where the rash and blisters are present,” Head said.