MonkeyPox Disease: Symptoms Prevention and treatment

Monkeypox Disease

MonkeyPox Disease: Symptoms Prevention and treatment

What is MonkeyPox disease?
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.

What are the clinical Features of Monkey Pox?
Monkeypox virus shows the following signs and symptoms
1. Fever
2. Headache
3. Muscle aches
4. Backache
5. Chills
6. Swollen lymph nodes
7. Exhaustion

What is the Incubation period of the Monkeypox virus?
The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox as reported by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention United States is usually 7−14 days but can range from 5−21 days.

How long does Monkeypox last?
The illness typically lasts for 2 to 4 weeks.

How do people get Monkeypox?
1. Monkeypox can spread to humans from an infected animal by an animal bite or by contracting the animal’s body fluids/lesions
2. Monkeypox disease can transmit from person to person through droplets or body fluids

How do you prevent monkeypox virus?
There are a number of measures that can be taken to prevent infection with the monkeypox virus
1. Avoiding contact with monkeypox infected persons and animals
2. Avoid contact with stuff/materials contaminated with the virus.
3. Washing and Sanitization of hands after contact with an infected animal.
4. Isolation of infected persons at risk for Monkeypox infection.
5. Using personal protective equipment (PPE) when dealing with people infected with Monkeypox virus.

What is MonkeyPox Treatment?
Currently, there is no proven, safe treatment for monkeyPox virus infection. However, for the purpose of controlling a monkey Pox outbreak in the United States, smallpox vaccine, antivirals, and vaccinia immune globulin (VIG) can be used as referred by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention United States

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