Health Monkeypox Can Survive for Weeks in Water and on Refrigerated Food

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The monkeypox virus can remain stable for days and even weeks on refrigerated food and in water, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate.

Monkeypox is continuing to spread around the world, with three new deaths this past Friday and Saturday—the first such deaths to have been confirmed outside of Africa. Meanwhile, cases keep rising, with over 22,485 confirmed infections reported globally as of July 29, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost all have occurred in countries that have not historically reported monkeypox cases.

There is a lot that scientists still do not know about the outbreak, including why it's happening now when historically the disease has remained endemic to West and Central Africa.

At the same time, there is also a lot that experts do know about the disease, and a wealth of details were presented in the DHS Science and Technology report, which was published July 12.

The report covers everything from transmissibility to infectious doses. One section contains information on what we know about the environmental stability of the monkeypox virus—in other words, how long it can survive outside of the body.

 
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