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What is Monkeypox and where does it come from?

Monkeypox is a member of the poxvirus family, which includes smallpox. The virus was first discovered in monkeys in a Danish laboratory in 1958, hence the name Monkeypox. However, the virus does not originate in monkeys. Scientists are unsure, but it is thought to be spread by small rodents and squirrels in Africa’s rainforests.

The virus has two strains: Central African and West African. The Central African virus causes more severe infections and is more likely to result in death than the West African virus. The first human case of Monkeypox was diagnosed in 1970. Since then, the majority of infections have been concentrated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.

What are the signs and symptoms of Monkeypox?

Even though Monkeypox is rare, it is now spreading across western countries. Early signs of Monkeypox can be flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, swellings, back pain, aching muscles. A rash with raised bumps appears one to three days later. The rash usually begins on your face and spreads to other parts of your body, including your palms and soles of your feet. The rash begins with flat, red bumps.

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The bumps develop into blisters that fill with pus. However, the blisters crust over and fall off after a few days. The time between infection and the onset of symptoms, known as the incubation period, can range from five to 21 days. The illness usually clears up in two to four weeks.

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How can you catch Monkeypox?

Monkeypox can be transmitted to humans through animal bites or scratches. It can also spread through close contact with an infected person. The virus can enter the body through open wounds, the respiratory tract, or the eyes, nose, or mouth. You can also get it by coming into direct or indirect contact with virus-infected materials. Clothing, bedding, and other linens worn by an infected person are examples of these materials. Despite the fact that Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted infection, some of the newly identified cases in Europe have been among gay and bisexual men.

Is Monkeypox Dangerous? Is Monkeypox curable?

Even though there is currently no proven safe treatment available, outbreaks can be controlled through infection prevention. Vaccination against smallpox has been shown to be 85 percent effective in preventing Monkeypox. Antiviral medications may also be beneficial, but they have not been studied as a treatment for Monkeypox.

Like I’ve mentioned before, the time between infection and the onset of symptoms, known as the incubation period, can range from five to 21 days. The illness are typically mild, and most people recover within two to four weeks.

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Monkeypox Virus Outbreak 2022 in UK, USA, Canada and Europe

Whilst every nation on high alert for new outbreaks after the COVID pandemic, there are several reasons why Monkeypox is not being treated with the same level of concern as the coronavirus.

More than 85 cases of Monkeypox have been reported in 11 countries across Europe, North America, and Australia, which is unusual for a virus that is mostly found in central and western Africa. On Wednesday, The United States confirmed its first Monkeypox case of the year, a man in Massachusetts, followed by a second by end of last week in New York City.

France, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands each confirmed one recent case as of last week, while Canada reported two and Belgium and Italy three. The United Kingdom now has 20, Portugal has 23, and Spain has 30 cases. Experts believe we are not on the verge of a national outbreak, and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) believes the risk is low.

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