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Patients who contracted monkeypox share stories of their ordeals

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  • We spoke to two former monkeypox patients who described their distressing experiences.
  • Monkeypox is similar to smallpox but is not as infectious or deadly. The virus spreads through physical contact and bodily fluids.
  • More than 18,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported around the world.

More than 18,000 monkeypox cases have been reported in 78 countries. The World Health Organization calls the outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern."

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