TX Health and Human Services, Monkey Pox

Transmission Routes

Monkeypox virus can spread when a person comes into contact with the virus from an infected animal, infected person, or materials contaminated with the virus. The virus can also cross the placenta from the mother to the fetus.

Person-to-person transmission of monkeypox is primarily through direct contact with infectious lesions, scabs, or body fluids. However, prolonged exposure to an infected person’s respiratory secretions can also transmit the virus. A person with monkeypox is infectious to others from their symptom onset to until their rash has fully healed. Read the full post here on the DSHS site.