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5 Things To Know About The Monkeypox Following Recent Global Outbreaks

Based on the recent trending outbreak of the monkeypox in about 11 countries including the UK, Portugal, Spain and the United States, here are 5 things we feel you should know about the deadly disease.

5 Things To Know About The Monkeypox Following Recent Global Outbreaks
Pox virus, illustration. Pox viruses are oval shaped and have double-strand DNA. There are many types of Pox virus including Chickenpox, Monkeypox and Smallpox. Smallpox was eradicated in the 1970’s. Infection occurs because of contact with contaminated animals or people and results in a rash or small bumps on the skin. 

1. Source

Every outbreak disease usually have source or origin.

According to reputable sources, Monkeypox was first found in 1958 when the outbreaks of a disease-causing pox were spotted in monkeys held in captivity for research.

It was first seen in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country in central Africa.

 

2. Causes

Monkeypox is caused by a virus that is related to smallpox.

This disease can be transmitted to humans from an infected animal via an animal bite or direct contact with the animal’s body fluids or with virus-contaminated objects such as clothes.

3. Symptoms

Some of the early symptoms of monkeypox are fever, headache, muscle ache, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

Once the fever appears, rashes tend to appear on the face, hands and feet before spreading to other areas of the body.

Symptoms normally appear between 5 and 13 days after the infection.

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4. Treatment

According to the Scientists, there is no treatment available to cure monkeypox.

However, the smallpox vaccine has been reported to reduce the risk of monkeypox among previously vaccinated persons.

5. Prevention

Since there is no cure or treatment for monkeypox, you can prevent the spread of the virus by thoroughly cooking all foods that contain animal meat or parts avoiding contact with people who may be infected with the virus and constantly washing your hands with soap and water..

Incase of any accidental contact with infected animals.

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