9 Common Queries About Monkeypox Answered

By Puru Bansal
28 July 2022

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.

Monkeypox Prevention

Monkey pox can be prevented through avoiding any close contact and wearing gloves and mask while taking care of infected person.

Possible Complications

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.

Conclusion

Monkeypox is a growing infection that could be fatal, you need to take the right precautions in order to prevent it from spreading.