Most cases of monkeypox with symptoms similar to chickenpox have been found in Africa. At present, there is no definite cure for it, but it is believed that the risk of smallpox is low in people who have been cured or vaccinated. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO)It is said that meeting a patient infected with this virus in any country will also be considered as its outbreak.
Since once this disease was spread among monkeys, hence it was named monkeypox. The virus of monkeypox is placed in the category of zoonosis. This means, a disease that spreads from animals to humans. Its infection spreads through contact with animal feces and urine, apart from the pus of a person suffering from the virus.
early symptoms of monkeypox
- high fever
- pain in bones
- back ache
- swollen glands
- Small fluid-filled sores (those on the mouth, arms, and legs)
Is it chickenpox or monkeypox, how to identify
According to WHOThe presence of lymphadenopathy during the early symptoms of the disease differentiates monkeypox from chickenpox. People often misunderstand the rash or ulcers on the body caused by monkeypox as chickenpox. Monkeypox spots later become sores and blisters, whereas this is not the case with chickenpox.
Who is at low risk of monkeypox?
Since the monkeypox virus is related to the virus that causes chickenpox, the chickenpox vaccine can protect people from getting monkeypox. Previous data from Africa suggests that the smallpox vaccine is at least 85% effective in preventing monkeypox. Apart from this, the risk of monkeypox is also less in people who have had chickenpox before.
WHO told who is more at risk
Is monkeypox spread through sex?
Andy Seeley of WHO We are seeing cases among men who identify as gay, bisexual or other groups of men and who have sex with other men in many countries. But monkeypox is by no means a homosexual disease. Anyone can be at risk by coming in contact with an infected person.
Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot in any way be a substitute for any medicine or treatment. Always contact your doctor for more details.