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Can Kids Get Monkeypox? Health Experts Say Yes

As the global outbreak grows, experts worry about the virus spreading to children

A laboratory technician picks up suspected monkeypox samples in Madrid

A laboratory technician picks up suspected monkeypox samples in Madrid

Photographer: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Hey! Madison here, writing to you from NYC (though I’m a Chicagoan at heart). Monkeypox is gaining attention as the global outbreak grows to more than 4,700 cases — 351 of which are in the US. Experts are worried about what that might mean for kids. But first…

Though monkeypox has been spreading primarily among men who have sex with men, health officials warn the virus can infect anyone — including women and children. And as the global outbreak grows, we’re starting to see that happen.