What is monkeypox
Monkeypox is a very rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.
This is an infection was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease took place in colonies of monkeys kept for research
Tho the human first case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Since then, monkeypox has been reported in people in several other central and western African countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, and Sierra Leone. The majority of infections are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
With over 80 cases in eleven countries should we be worried about the monkeypox, we’ll it’s a DNA virus that doesn’t mutate rapidly like covid.
It’s a known virus so there’s a vaccine, antiviral, and treatment already for it.
The case indeed is unusual cause it is a disease that is found in wild animals. This transfer to human only when they come in contact with the wild animal.
Symptoms of monkeyPox
The first symptoms that occur are nonspecific — fever, sweating, malaise, and some patients may develop a cough, nausea, and shortness of breath.
About two to four days after fever develops, a rash with papules and pustules develops most often on the face and chest, but other body areas may eventually be affected, including mucus membranes inside the nose and mouth.
These skin and mucus membrane pox lesions can ulcerate, crust over, and then begin to heal in about 14-21 days. In addition, lymph nodes usually swell during this time.
Some pox lesions may become necrotic and destroy sebaceous glands, leaving a depression or pox scar that, with monkeypox, may gradually become less pronounced over a few years.
The toxemia that was seen with smallpox is not seen with monkeypox.