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What you need to know about the monkeypox disease

The WHO have confirmed 92 cases of monkeypox across 12 countries especially in Europe and also in the United States and Canada. Israel has currently reported one case in the country.


What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a vital disease caused by infection with monkeypox virus and it belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.


When was the first infection recorded?

The first monkeypox infection case was recorded in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the year 1970. It was also reported in various countries of Central and Western African Countries.

How is it spread?

The Monkeypox virus is spread when you come into contact with the infected persons or animals such as rodents.

It can also be spread through handling contaminated materials such as clothing, beddings, utensils, etc that came into contact with infected person or animal.

The virus enters human body through the respiratory system (nose), mouth, broken skin or body fluids.


What are the signs and symptoms?

The signs and symptoms of monkeypox start showing up after 5-21 days of infection.

Some of the signs and symptoms include: fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swolen lymph nodes, chills and tiredness.

After 1 to 3 days of monkeypox virus infection, the patient start developing rashes that begin on the face and then spreading to the other parts of body such as hands, stomach, etc.


Can it cause death?

According to World Health Organization, monkeypox virus has caused deaths as in one person in every 10 persons who have contracted the disease especially in Africa


Do it have cure or treatment?

The monkeypox virus infection has no proven or specific treatment but alternatives such as smallpox vaccine and antivirals can be used for prevention purposes.


How can the virus be prevented

Monkeypo vvirus infection can be prevented through various ways which include;

Keeping away contminated materials that come into contact with the infected person or animal.

Staying away from infected persons or animals.

Isolating infected persons or animals.

Practicing hygienic activities such as hand washing immediately after handling infected person or animal.

Source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/about.html&ved=2ahUKEwi_4cH04PL3AhWvxYUKHXA7AlkQFnoECA0QBQ&usg=AOvVaw1VLRxJcsiTcnk6KGml8x81

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