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Mpox: Understanding the Epidemiology and the Potential Threat

Gain an understanding of monkeypox (mpox) and learn to identify its symptoms and signs to better protect yourself and others.

Mpox: Understanding the Epidemiology and the Potential Threat

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Understand the epidemiology of monkeypox

Monkeypox (mpox) is a rare infectious disease that can be passed from person to person.

On this two-week course, you’ll learn how to protect yourself and others as you explore the epidemiology, clinical symptoms, signs, and prevention of monkeypox.

You’ll gain an understanding of the emergence of mpox before exploring the potential of this disease becoming a pandemic.

Learn to identify monkeypox symptoms

As you learn more about the mpox virus, you’ll explore the signs and symptoms of the disease and how it differs from chickenpox, smallpox, and measles.

You’ll understand the routes of transmission and the incubation and infectious period before identifying high-risk groups.

Explore monkeypox prevention and control strategies

To help protect yourself and others, you’ll learn key prevention and control strategies. This includes workplace procedures and travel advice.

Finally, you’ll learn to address the stigma surrounding the virus to ensure mpox messaging is clear but non-judgemental.

Learn from the experts at Universiti Malaya

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by educators from Universiti Malaya, experts in the area of epidemiology.

With their guidance, you’ll finish the course with a solid understanding of the monkeypox virus and how to protect yourself and others.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds Mpox virus virus is an orthopoxvirus that causes human Mpox. It is a viral disease with symptoms similar to smallpox, including fever and rash. Mpox is a viral zoonosis which is a virus transmitted to human from animals. The Mpox virus usually affects rope squirrels, trees squirrel, Gambian pouched rats, and nonhuman primates,such as monkeys. The Mpox virus is normally endemic to Africa but has recently been found on other continents. Anyone can become infected through direct contact with respiratory droplets of another person who has Mpox in the home or in health facility, or with contaminated materials such as bedding, clothing and any touching surfaces.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds Generally, the main mode of transmission is from person-to-person, while in other cases due to importation by travelers or infected animals. Mpox outbreaks tend to occur in small cluster of a few cases without leading to widespread community transmission. Therefore, the outbreak can be easily controlled if we responded to them fast and effectively. Hi, I’m Associate Professor Dr Rafdzah Ahmad Zaki from the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. Welcome to our FutureLearn course. This course provides a general introduction to the Mpox of disease to videos, articles, discussions, polls, and short quizzes. By the end of this course, we hope our learners are able

Skip to 1 minute and 59 seconds to: understand the emergence of Mpox, understand the signs and symptoms, describe routes of transmission, and describe prevention and control strategies. This course contains basic knowledge that is suitable for beginners in the health care or medical field, and for the general public. Well, be prepared and enjoy learning.


  • Week 1

    Epidemiology of Mpox

    • Course Overview

      This section is about the introductory about Monkeypox, meet our experts, and about FutureLearn.

    • Understand the emergence of monkeypox

      Our aim is to learn about the disease, particularly to understand the emergence of Monkeypox and how it is spread.

  • Week 2

    Mpox Disease

    • Differentiate Mpox, chickenpox, smallpox and measles

      Understand the nature difference between Mpox, chickenpox, smallpox and measles.

    • Describe routes of transmission

      Describe routes of transmission

    • Describe prevention and control strategies

      Describe prevention and control strategies

    • Course wrap up

      Let's wrap up! What have you learned so far? Let's do some reflections!

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By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand the emergence of Monkeypox
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of Monkeypox
  • Describe the differentiation of monkeypox, chickenpox, and measles
  • Describe the routes of transmission
  • Describe the prevention and control strategies

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about monkeypox.

It will be particularly useful for health personnel responsible for the prevention and control of monkeypox.

Who will you learn with?

I am an Associate Professor in Epidemiology in the Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, Universiti Malaya. My expertise is in infectious diseases, research methodology, and biostatistics.

Dr Lim is employed as a medical lecturer and occupational health physician at the University of Malaya (UM).

I'm an Occupational Health Physician at University Malaya and University Malaya Medical Centre. My area of interest includes noise-induced hearing loss & hearing conservation.

Dr. Howie Lim is a senior lecturer at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. His research focuses on HIV prevention and treatment among MSM.

Who developed the course?

Universiti Malaya

Universiti Malaya is the premier research university in Malaysia, committed to advancing knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity.

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