Monkeypox: Know the cause of this rare disease, its symptoms, and important things related to its treatment

Monkeypox is a deadly disease and it's spreading worldwide. You should also know about the cause of monkeypox, monkeypox treatment, and how to avoid monkeypox.

Monkeypox is a rare disease similar to smallpox. In this, the patient starts showing flu-like symptoms. After this, a red rash starts coming on the body like a rash.

In such a situation, it becomes important for all of you to know what is monkeypox, how monkeypox is spread, and what can be the symptoms of monkeypox. 

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox Virus In India: Monkeypox is a rare viral disease, similar to smallpox (also known as 'smallpox'). Scientists first identified this disease in 1958. It was first seen in monkeys, hence the name "monkeypox".

At the same time, the first case of monkeypox in humans was seen in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

What Causes Monkeypox?

Monkeypox Virus In India: As we mentioned that monkeypox is a rare viral disease. At the same time, it has also been considered a zoonotic disease, that is, a disease spread from animals to humans. At the same time, if we talk about the cause of monkeypox, then this disease is caused by the monkeypox virus. According to the information, the monkeypox virus is a part of the OrthopoxVirus Genus, which also includes the virus that causes smallpox.

Symptoms of monkeypox

The symptoms of the Monkeypox Virus are similar to those of Smallpox, but the symptoms of Monkeypox are usually mild. At the same time, due to exposure to the monkeypox virus, initial symptoms of the monkeypox virus can appear in a person in 5-21 days. At the same time, in some cases, it can also take 7 to 14 days. Let us know below Monkeypox Virus Symptoms.

Monkeypox Early Symptoms:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Backache
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes (lymph is a body fluid and lymph nodes are the hard lump-like part of the body through which this fluid passes)
  • A rash or rash appears on the body, usually 1 to 3 days later, after the fever increases.

Location of rash in monkeypox

The rash usually affects the following areas:

  • Face
  • Palms
  • Soles
  • Mouth
  • Genitalia
  • Eyes

Diagnosis for Monkeypox

  • Sputum of an infected patient
  • Fluid or blood from their wound
  • By direct contact with the body

According to the CDC, the risk of spreading it through prolonged face-to-face contact with an infected person increases. Because during this time a large amount of respiratory droplet (liquid coming out of the mouth) is released.

Apart from this, it can also spread due to the following reasons:

  • From a scratch or bite by an infected animal
  • By eating the meat of an infected animal
  • Coming into contact with objects used by an infected person, such as bedding or shaving kits.

How deadly is the monkeypox virus?

According to the CDC, the monkeypox virus causes the death of 1 in 10 severely infected people in Africa. Therefore, it can be said that in the absence of treatment, a serious condition of monkeypox can also cause the death of the person.

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