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Symptoms of the monkeypox virus are shown on a patient's hand, from a 2003 case in the United States. In most instances, the disease causes fever and painful, pus-filled blisters. New cases in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal are spreading possibly through sexual contact, which had not previously been linked to monkeypox transmission. CDC/Getty Images hide caption

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Rare monkeypox outbreak in U.K., Europe and U.S.: What is it and should we worry?

The cases point to possible sexual transmission of this cousin of smallpox — a previously unknown method of spread for monkeypox.

Symptoms of the monkeypox virus are shown on a patient's hand, from a 2003 case in the United States. In most instances, the disease causes fever and painful, pus-filled blisters. New cases in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal are spreading possibly through sexual contact, which had not previously been linked to monkeypox transmission. CDC/Getty Images hide caption

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Rare monkeypox outbreak in U.K., Europe and U.S.: What is it and should we worry?

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