What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox which has been recently reported as a Pandemic is a viral zoonosis. The symptoms of Monkeypox and Smallpox are mostly similar, but clinically Monkeypox is clinically less severe. This virus can not only spread from animal to human, but also from human to human.
Symptoms of Monkeypox
WHO verifies that the symptoms of Monkeypox can be anywhere from mild to severe. It is more fatal for people who are pregnant, children or are immunocompromised. The most common symptoms of Monkeypox are as follows:
- Muscle Ache
- Back pain
- Low energy
- Swollen lymph nodes
The above mentioned symptoms can last for two or three weeks, accompanied by rashes. The rashes can be visible on:
- Palms of the hand
- Soles of the feet
- Anal Area
The number of lesions can be over up to 1000, in the form of flat rashes filled up with liquid beneath. The person infected can take regal care and some medical assistance to recover back to health.
A person can determine if they have been completely cured or not by seeing to it that all the lesion scabs have been dried off from the body, with nothing left but a new layer of skin.
If you have any symptoms of Monkeypox or have been in contact with any person with Monkeypox, then take the necessary action and call a medical professional immediately.
How is Monkeypox Transmitted?
According to WHO’s recent Press Release, Monkeypox is transmitted usually through the following routes:
- Physical contact, i.e. touching someone who is already infected
- Contaminated articles and objects, like clothes, bedding and other objects
- Breathing airborne particles of the virus
- Intimate relationships which include coitus
- Close contact with infected animals like rodents
Is Monkeypox Fatal?
The fatality rate is lower than smallpox, but if proper measures are not taken then it might become more severe leaving a majority of people with disabilities like blindness. There have been 3000+ cases reported of monkeypox across 58 countries.
The past death rate due to this virus has been 1-10%, according to WHO. The death rate for the current outbreak still remains zero as it has only infected adults.
If you suspect that you have Monkeypox, go to your nearest medical laboratory and inform them about your symptoms. They might recommend you to take a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test. This test gives accurate results for a proper diagnosis.
The most optimal diagnostic samples are from lesion crust and fluids. A biopsy is also an option in most cases. Your doctor might ask you to provide them with the following to interpret the samples more accurately:
- Date when you first experienced fever
- Date when you first experienced a rash
- Stage of the rash
- Your age
Clinical care for monkeypox involves the intake of fluid foods and nutrients to speed up the recovery.
Tecovirimat, an antiviral agent, previously used for smallpox was recently licensed by EMA (European Medicines Agency) for Monkeypox.
The medicine is not widely available but if used, then it should be taken under medical supervision in a clinical environment with proper data collection.
How can NSUR help?
(We do not claim to help with MonkeyPox, this is a general message)
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