Monkeypox is a zoonotic virus that originates from animals and spreads to humans. It is a common disease in tropical rainforest where the virus-carrying animals live
According to World Health Organization (WHO), there are so far 92 confirmed cases. 28 suspected cases of monkeypox with investigations ongoing, have been reported to WHO from 12 Member States that are not endemic for monkeypox virus, across three WHO regions.
The States affected are as shown in the table below;
The signs and symptoms
Headache, skin rash, fever, body aches, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and exhaustion are all symptoms of monkeypox. It causes symptoms that are similar to smallpox but less severe.
The incubation period, that is, from the time of infection to the onset of symptoms can range from 5 to 21 days. The illness usually clears up in 2 to 4 weeks.
Severe cases are more common in people with underlying immune deficiencies and children under the age of five.
How it spreads
Monkeypox virus is a viral infection and can be transmitted to humans through close skin contact, air droplets, bodily fluids, and virus-contaminated objects.
The United Kingdom and Canada have so far reported the most monkeypox cases with men who have sex with men being the most affected.
The goo news is that so far there are no associated deaths have been reported to date.
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