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Monkeypox has been known in Africa primarily as a disease of ground squirrels since 1958. It is one type of zoonotic viral infections. Zoonotic means a virus that lives in an animal host (e.g., ground squirrels) but can spread to monkeys and humans with close contact and poor hygiene, though it takes much higher viral load to cause disease in monkeys and humans.

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