Monkeypox From Handshake. Irfan hafiz, an infectious disease specialist with northwestern medicine's mchenry and huntley . It's also possible for people to get monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by preparing or . Casual contact like handshakes and even sharing food can carry the possibility of transmission, but the risk and chances of that happening are . Monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with material contaminated with the virus.