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Monkeypox is a rare disease similar to smallpox caused by the monkeypox virus. It’s found mostly in areas of Africa, but has been seen in other regions of the world. It causes flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills, and a rash that can take weeks to clear. There’s no proven treatment for monkeypox, but it usually goes away on its own.
In this blog post, we will explore what monkeypox is and how you can protect yourself from getting it. We will also discuss who should be concerned about this infection, the sign and sympotms, treatment and what steps they can take to protect themselves.
What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare and severe viral illness that can be caused by the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus is a member of the paramyxovirus family, which are viruses that cause respiratory infections in humans. Monkeypox is most often found in Africa, where it is also known as human monocytic ehrlichiosis. The monkeypox virus can cause serious health problems, including pneumonia, encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain), and death. There is no specific treatment for monkeypox, but if you are infected, there is a good chance that you will recover.
If you are concerned about malaria infection and wish to determine whether you may have contracted monkeypox, your doctor may request an enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) test for the virus. If you have recently traveled to an area where monkeypox is endemic or if you have any other signs or symptoms of monkeypox, consult your doctor immediately.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who live in or travel to areas where monkeypox is endemic should consider taking preventive measures against the disease, such as wearing long-sleeved clothing and using insect repellent when traveling to these areas.
How do you catch Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a viral infection that can be deadly, particularly in children. It is caused by the monkeypox virus, which is a member of the Variola family of viruses. There are three types of monkeypox: western, Japanese, and Chinese. Western monkeypox is the most common form and is spread through contact with an infected person’s saliva, mucus, or blood. Japanese monkeypox is spread through contact with an infected person’s skin or dried blood. Chinese monkeypox is spread through contact with an infected person’s saliva or respiratory secretions.
The symptoms of monkeypox include fever, muscle aches, headache, rash all over the body, and sometimes pneumonia. In some cases it can be fatal within two weeks of onset. The best way to prevent Monkeypox is to use proper personal protective equipment when handling any animal that may be carrying the virus (e.g., monkeys), and to avoid close contact with monkeys and other animals who may be infected. If you do get Monkeypox, antiviral medication can help shorten the duration of illness if started early on in the disease process.
What are the signs and symptoms of monkeypox?
After exposure, it may be several days to a few weeks before you develop symptoms. Early signs of monkeypox include flu-like symptoms, including:
- Musles Aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
After a few days, a rash often develops. The rash starts as flat, red bumps, which can be painful. Those bumps turn into blisters, which fill with pus. Eventually, the blisters crust over and fall off — the whole process can last two weeks to four weeks. You can also get sores in your mouth, vagina or anus.
Not everyone with monkeypox develops all the symptoms. In fact, in the current year 2022 outbreak, many cases aren’t following the usual pattern of symptoms. This atypical presentation includes only a few lesions, no swollen lymph nodes, less fever and other signs of illness. You can have it and not know it. Even if you don’t show many signs of infection, you can spread still spread it to others through prolonged close contact.
How dangerous is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a highly contagious viral disease that can be fatal, particularly in children. It is caused by the monkeypox virus (MPV), which is similar to the human measles virus. MPV is spread through contact with respiratory secretions, such as saliva or mucus, from an infected person. Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, rash, and Serious complication can occur including encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or pneumonia.
How long does monkeypox last?
The average incubation period for monkeypox is 10-14 days and the average duration of illness is 3-4 weeks. The disease can be prevented by vaccination with a MPV vaccine developed specifically for humans. There is no specific treatment for monkeypox other than supportive care. However, in severe cases there may be active intervention, such as intensive hydration and antibiotics. Monkeypox should not be confused with the more common human form of measles which causes less severe symptoms and does not require hospitalization.
The risk for catching monkeypox increases when people are exposed to the virus in close quarters such as during outbreak settings. Persons who are at high risk for developing Monkeypox include pregnant women, persons aged 16 years or older who have recently traveled to countries where MPV is common, healthcare workers who are exposed to patients with Monkeypox, and individuals who work with primates or handle specimens from these animals. Although most cases of monkeypox are milder than measles, it can still be deadly if not treated promptly with antibiotics. For this reason it is important
Who should be concerned about Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a highly infectious disease that can be deadly if not treated quickly. It is caused by the monkeypox virus, which is a member of the family of viruses that includes the common cold and the flu.
The monkeypox virus is spread through contact with respiratory secretions, such as saliva, mucus, or blood from an infected person. Monkeypox mainly affects humans in Africa and Southeast Asia, but it has also been found in other parts of the world.
Anyone who wants to avoid catching monkeypox should take steps to prevent respiratory tract infections, including avoiding close contact with sick people and using proper hand-washing techniques. Those who are exposed to monkeypox should receive immediate medical treatment. If diagnosed early enough, most people with monkeypox experience only mild symptoms that usually last about a week. However, serious cases can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis (a brain infection), and even death. As a result, anyone who is concerned about contracting monkeypox should consult their doctor or health care provider.
How do you prevent monkeypox virus?
A smallpox vaccine provides protection against monkeypox, but its use is currently limited to clinical trials. Prevention depends on decreasing human contact with infected animals and limiting person-to-person spread. The best way to help prevent the spread of monkeypox virus is to:
- Avoid contact with infected animals (especially sick or dead animals).
- Avoid contact with bedding and other materials contaminated with the virus.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Avoid contact with people who may be infected with the virus.
- Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose when around others.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
What to do If You Are Already Infected
If you are infected with monkeypox, your first priority is to seek medical help as soon as possible. If you are not able to get to a doctor, you should take the following precautions:
– Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. Monkeypox is spread through contact with respiratory secretions, so avoiding exposure to those fluids is important.
– Stay away from people who are sick. Monkeypox can be contagious even before a person shows any symptoms.
– Clean any surfaces that may have come in contact with the fluid from an infected person, such as door handles, doorknobs, telephone handset covers, or credit card machines.
– Disinfect anything that has been contaminated, such as desks and countertops.
– Use a sealant on all windows and doors to prevent the spread of the virus outdoors.
Treatment Options for Monkeypox
Monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease with symptoms lasting from two weeks to four weeks. Most people with monkeypox get better on their own without treatment. Following diagnosis, your healthcare provider will monitor your condition and try to relieve your symptoms, prevent dehydration and give you antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections if they develop.
There’s currently not an approved antiviral treatment for monkeypox. Antiviral drugs may help, but they haven’t been studied as a treatment for monkeypox. Several investigational antivirals with activity against monkeypox are available, but only as part of a research study.
Monkeypox is a highly contagious virus that has the potential to be deadly. If you are traveling to areas where monkeypox is prevalent, it is important that you take appropriate precautions and make sure that your health is monitored. If you are at high risk for catching monkeypox (for example, if you work with primates), it is essential that you stay up-to-date on information about the virus and take steps to protect yourself.