Can you catch monkeypox from a contaminated surface?

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The geographic distribution of confirmed cases of monkeypox between 1 January and 22 June 2022. Source: WHO
The geographic distribution of confirmed cases of monkeypox between 1 January and 22 June 2022. Source: WHO

It's unlikely you'll catch monkeypox from touching a contaminated surface, a new study says.

As of 22 June, more than 3 400 cases and one death were reported in 50 countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week. On 1 July, the health agency added that cases had tripled in the European region over the previous two weeks. Two cases have so far been detected in South Africa.

As more information becomes available, experts are gaining a better understanding of the behaviour and spread of the virus. During the ongoing outbreak, transmission mainly spreads via close contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or touching parts of the body with monkeypox lesions, South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says.

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