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-May 23, 2022

A Complete Guide to Monkeypox Virus

Monkeypox cases were first seen in 1958 in colonies of monkeys kept for research. However, the first human case of monkeypox came to light in 1970. After 1970 most of the monkeypox patients registered were in remote parts of Central and West African nations like Cameroon, Nigeria, Liberia, the Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone. Very few cases have been reported outside Africa, especially those with a travelling history to these nations from the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Israel and other parts of the world.

Recently the monkeypox outbreak in Europe, the U.S. and Australia has developed an alarming situation worldwide. Almost 20 confirmed cases have been reported in the United Kingdom alone, and Germany said its first case last Friday. The 12 countries include the United States, Canada, Australia, UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden.

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus, a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. It is a zoonotic viral disease that appears primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa. 

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Monkeypox symptoms in Humans

Monkeypox symptoms in Humans

The monkeypox symptoms in humans are identical but calmer than smallpox symptoms. The initial symptoms of monkeypox include 

  • fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
  • swollen lymph node
  • fluid-filled blisters 

After 24 to 72 hours, i.e. 1 to 3 days, rashes with raised bumps appear. The rashes develop on the face and then slowly spread to the rest of the body. Starting from flat red bumps, they ultimately turn into blisters filled with pus which after several days crust over and fall off. The recovery is seen after two to four weeks generally from the illness. Children are more inclined to have severe signs than adolescents and adults. The monkeypox virus can even impact newborns via birth or early physical contact.

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Monkeypox causes

Monkeypox causes are still being studied, and their spreading is a big concern for scientists and nations worldwide. According to the CDC, i.e. Centre for disease control and infection, monkeypox spreads as people have close contact with infected individuals and animals. The virus enters the body through the 

  • Broken skin
  • Respiratory tract
  • Eyes 
  • Nose 
  • Mouth 

When we talk about person-to-person communication, it can occur through the interaction of large respiratory droplets during lengthy face-to-face communication. People can also contract the virus through direct connection with bodily fluids, the lesions that form during an infection, or infected items like clothing or bedding of a diseased individual. 

The United States Centre for disease and infection (CDC) are investigating a spectrum of cases, including those among people who self-identify themselves as men who have sex with men, and suggested gay and bisexual men, in particular, be conscious of any unusual rashes or lesions.

Monkeypox vs Smallpox vs Covid-19 virus 

In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox and smallpox are pretty similar, and Monkeypox is milder than the symptoms of smallpox. Talking the initial signs of monkeypox, it begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. The significant difference, i.e. monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) while smallpox does not.

Like the Covid-19 virus spreads through tiny airborne droplets called aerosols, monkeypox also spreads from close contact with bodily fluids such as spit from coughing. Moreover, both the viruses can induce flu-like symptoms, but monkeypox differs as it triggers enlarged lymph nodes and, ultimately, distinctive fluid-filled lesions on the face, hands and feet.

Monkeypox treatment

Monkeypox treatment

The treatment involves taking samples from an infected person's lesions or dry crusts, and subsequent Polymerase Chain reaction (PCR) tests are done in the labs to verify the disease. There is no precise therapy for monkeypox yet. The signs must be managed and supervised separately to avert intricacies. Yet, when caring for infected patients, it is necessary to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and rehearse good hygiene, such as cleaning your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Smallpox vaccines could assist in controlling a monkeypox outbreak, according to the CDC, but the U.S. stopped immunising the general public for smallpox in 1972. The CDC website says if there is another outbreak of monkeypox in the U.S., CDC will set guidelines clarifying who should be vaccinated. Experts believe that vaccines could support in reducing symptoms or prevent infection if administered shortly after someone gets infected. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Monkeypox

How is monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox virus is transferred from one person to another by coming close to each other with lesions, respiratory droplets and toxic materials such as clothes or bedding. The incubation period of monkeypox is usually from one to two weeks and even extends to three weeks in numerous cases.

How do you know if you have monkeypox?

The symptoms of monkeypox in humans include fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion. The studies reveal that monkeypox is similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox. The only way they differ is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) while smallpox does not.

What animals can carry monkeypox?

The monkeypox virus is closely linked to the viruses that compel smallpox and cowpox in humans. Monkeys can carry the virus, apes, a variety of rodents, and rabbits are susceptible to infection