How to Protect Against Monkeypox as School Starts

Experts say children are not at a high risk of infection. But they have advice to keep everyone — from toddlers to college kids — safe.

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By Knvul Sheikh and Catherine Pearson

As children around the country head back to school for the third time since the Covid-19 pandemic began, a different infectious disease is now spreading globally: monkeypox. Almost every single state and territory in the United States has reported cases of monkeypox, with more than 11,000 confirmed cases nationwide. And news of a day care worker in Illinois testing positive earlier this month prompted some infectious disease specialists to warn there is potential for spread in group settings like schools and day cares.

But more than 98 percent of those infected with monkeypox are adult men who acquired the virus through intimate contact with other men — and so far, less than a dozen pediatric cases have been recorded in the U.S.

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