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Monkeypox - Everything You Need to Know About This Deadly Disease

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 Monkeypox - Everything You Need to Know About This Deadly Disease Monkeypox is a rare, viral disease that was first discovered in monkeys. It’s different from other pox diseases, such as chickenpox and smallpox, because it only affects humans when they come into contact with someone who has monkeypox. As with all other pox diseases, the virus that causes monkeypox is transmitted through direct contact with the infected person or their fluids. Although you may think that you’re safe if you don’t spend much time around monkeys and other primates, this isn’t always the case. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about monkeypox.

Monkeypox - Everything You Need to Know About This Deadly Disease


What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a disease that primarily affects humans. Although it was first discovered in monkeys, it does not spread from monkeys to humans. The virus that causes monkeypox is related to the virus that causes smallpox. Transmission occurs through direct contact with an infected person or their fluids. If you’re bitten by a monkey, you will not get monkeypox because they don’t carry the disease. And if a person with monkeypox coughs or sneezes on you, you will not get the disease.

How is Monkeypox Transmitted?

Monkeypox is primarily transmitted when an uninfected person comes into direct contact with the infected person's bodily fluids, such as blood, saliva, or scabs. It can also be transmitted when infected blood or fluids come into contact with a break in the skin, such as a cut or wound, as well as from a pregnant woman to her unborn child. The risk of transmission depends on the stage of the illness, especially the skin condition of the person. People who have scabs from previous breakouts of the disease can transmit the virus when they have close contact with others, such as caring for children or other people who are unable to care for themselves.

Symptoms of Monkeypox

The symptoms of monkeypox usually appear 10 to 14 days after exposure. Symptoms usually last 7 to 10 days, and some people have a mild illness with no symptoms. Some common symptoms include: These symptoms are similar to the symptoms of smallpox, including the rash, but are less severe in most people.

Is there a treatment for Monkey Pox?

There is no specific treatment for monkeypox. Patients are generally prescribed rest, fluids and pain medication as needed. Most patients recover within 10 days, although some may experience long-term complications.

How to prevent infection from Monkey Pox

While it’s nearly impossible to completely avoid the risk of infection, you can reduce your risk by following these tips: - Avoid contact with people who have monkeypox. Stay away from places where people with the infection have been, including hospitals and other healthcare facilities. - Wash your hands frequently, especially after visiting areas where others with monkeypox have been. - Cover any cuts or sores on your skin to reduce your risk of infection. - Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Final Words

As you can see, monkeypox is a dangerous infectious disease that can be deadly if left untreated. To stay as far away from it as possible, make sure to use the tips discussed in this article. Stay safe!
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