What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease caused by the orthopox virus and was first described in monkeys, though the reservoirs are rodents.
Symptoms of Monkeypox
Dr. Arvind Kumar, Director HOD, Paediatrics, Fortis Hospital, names monkeypox symptoms to be body ache, painful rashes, swollen glands, fever and headache.
Is Monkeypox Fatal?
No, in most people it is only a mild illness. It has rarely become serious in some cases of small children and pregnant women.
How does it Spread?
The infection can spread by touching an infected person rash, scabs, body fluids, sharing clothing and close physical contact.
Treatment of Monkeypox
There is no treatment required. The person needs to be isolated and given a few medications like paracetamol and some counter medicines to bring down symptoms.
Monkey pox can be prevented through avoiding any close contact and wearing gloves and mask while taking care of infected person.
There could be a few serious complications such as sepsis, pneumonia, secondary infection in skin lesions, etc but the chances are minimal.
Tests Available for Monkeypox
Test for monkeypox are available with the government agencies at the National Institute of Virology, where symptomatic patients can get tested.
Vaccine for Monkeypox
People who had smallpox vaccine have some degree of protection but there is no as such vaccination for monkeypox.
Monkeypox is a growing infection that could be fatal, you need to take the right precautions in order to prevent it from spreading.