The monkeypox virus infection is not something new. There was an outbreak several years ago that started in some parts of Africa. At that time, quite a lot was done (with success) containing its spread, especially in the west and in some other countries back then. However, it is now a new health concern alongside covid.
Would you like to know more about monkeypox? Then keep reading this article on the welfare section of the Alzdem Health website.
Uncertainties Still Exist
Monkeypox is not just a new health concern. It is only resurfacing as mentioned above. But despite the familiarity of infectious disease specialists with monkeypox, there are still uncertainties that need to be addressed. This is by way of answers through clinical (medical) studies.
For example, what the monkeypox virus and its symptoms do to women during pregnancy is still not clear. People need to be better informed about the effects of this virus infection.
The Basics Are Known
As stressed above, people need to be well aware of every risk that monkeypox poses. This will further motivate every person not to get infected, to contain its spread, and even help with medical treatment for positive cases.
But even with the uncertainties, the basics are known. We know enough as reported by trusted health sources. Against this backdrop, we know:
- Its source
- The way this virus would normally develop
- How to identify patients (infected people)
- How to stop its further transmission
We are in a better position to stop the spread of the monkeypox virus disease even with what is known about it. Speaking of some basics things to know about monkeypox disease, let’s go over a few of them:
Symptoms of Monkeypox
The most clear-cut signs of monkeypox are the presence of a special kind of rash with bumps or blisters on parts of the skin. The parts of the body that can have this rash associated with the monkeypox virus disease include the:
This is also including sensitive areas such as the anus, groin (for men), and vagina (for women). These are the most notable ways to know an infected person.
The presence of the rash (until it is completely healed without lesions) also means that close contact with infected people can cause the transmission of the infection to a new host.
But before the body goes on to develop this rash, the infected person will most likely fall ill (or weak) with certain symptoms that can include:
- Flu-like symptoms like fever and chills
- Aches in the Back and/or Muscle
- Respiratory Symptoms
There are fewer cases of people having these symptoms after the emergence of this rash. Some cases where these symptoms were not even noticed have also been reported.
Containing the Spread of Monkeypox
Infected animals are the primary sources of contracting this virus. So, we have to be mindful of animals as well. Furthermore, you should avoid close contact with infected people (let alone having sex with them).
One of the problems seems to be how people take the rash, bumps, or blisters for granted. If you develop unexplainable bumps, blisters, or rash, you should have your doctor or health care service provider ascertain if you have monkeypox.
Looking At the Bright Side of Things
The good news is that monkeypox is not nearly as bad and fetal as covid. Be that as it may, there is a need for everyone to be on high alert. Health establishments such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) are at the heart of this. For example, the CDC did approve the JYNNEOS vaccine to help contain the spread of monkeypox disease.
For the record, this vaccine does not only help deal with monkeypox. It also helps deal with virus infection and diseases like smallpox as well.
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