Is Monkeypox Deadly? Here’s What You Should Know

IS MONKEYPOX DEADLY – Are you curious whether or not a monkeypox infection can cause death to the patient?

Currently, countries are guarding their borders against the entry of monkeypox, a disease that was recently declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) a global health emergency. This disease is similar to smallpox and it has different types. Based on Healthline, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Dr. Douglas Chiriboga said that the type of monkeypox that is causing an outbreak now is the West African type and it is “rarely fatal”. However, unvaccinated kids and individuals who are immunocompromised may be more prone to it.

Monkeypox Virus – What Are The Signs and Symptoms?

Here are some of the things to know about the monkeypox virus. Check out below!

MONKEYPOX VIRUS – These are the signs and symptoms of the monkeypox virus and other things to know about this virus.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet but several countries are now facing another kind of virus, a sporadic disease. It is called monkeypox, a cousin of smallpox.

Monkeypox Virus
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two people have traveled from Nigeria to the United States and were diagnosed with this rare disease. Last Wednesday in Massachusetts, a patient with monkeypox was hospitalized.

This kind of virus can be found mainly in West and Central Africa, but cases were already recorded in Europe and the United Kingdom. These cases are associated with international travel or imported animals, that are infected with the virus.

Recently, other countries that have recorded a case include Spain with seven confirmed cases in Madrid, one in Italy, and 17 suspected cases in Montreal.

CDC said that seven to 14 days is the incubation period and typically, the symptoms one who is infected can display are fever, chills, exhaustion, headache, and muscle weakness. These are flu-like symptoms and it also comes with swelling in the lymph nodes.

There will also be rashes on the face and the body. Rashes may also appear inside the mouth, on the palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. There’s no specific treatment available yet. Monkeypox is spread through close contact.

The infection after being exposed may result in “broken skin, mucous membranes, respiratory droplets, infected body fluids or even contact with contaminated linen” as per Neil Mabbott, personal chair in immunopathology at the veterinary school of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

It can also be transmitted through droplets. African rodents are suspected to be playing a great role in spreading this virus but the main carrier remains unknown.

The Philippines has not yet recorded a single case of this virus and amid the threats, authorities are intensifying border screening.


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