15 Things you never knew about Monkey Pox

All you need to know about Monkey Pox

1. Why do they call it monkey pox?

The name "monkeypox" originated in 1958 after the first cases were documented in monkeys being used for research. However, monkeys are not major carriers of the disease. Monkeypox is usually transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected animal, or by touching an infected animal's blood, body fluids, or fur.

15 Things to know about Monkey Pox
15 Things to know about Monkey Pox

2. How does a person get monkeypox?

Monkeypox is largely transmitted through close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have lesions as a result of the virus. You can also catch the virus through respiratory droplets if you're around an infected person with lesions in their mouth for an extended period.

3. Is monkey pox airborne?

Unlike COVID-19, which spreads primarily through airborne transmission and the passing of small droplets, monkeypox is contracted through close physical contact.

4. Who is at risk of catching monkeypox?

Monkeypox cases typically are most common in central and western Africa, in those who recently traveled to those areas, and people who've had contact with imported animals. But recent cases of monkeypox have happened outside of Africa in people who have not traveled.

5. Who is high risk for monkeypox?

The risk factors for monkeypox include contact with live or dead animals, consumption of wild game or bush meat, or close contact with an infected individual. Severe disease and mortality [are] higher among children, young adults, and immunocompromised individuals.

6. How did the monkeypox outbreak start?

2003 Outbreak from Imported Mammals

 All people infected with monkeypox in this outbreak became ill after having contact with pet prairie dogs. The pets were infected after being housed near imported small mammals from Ghana. This was the first time that human monkeypox was reported outside of Africa.

7. Is monkeypox fatal?

Like other pox diseases, the telltale signs of monkeypox are painful lesions that can develop throughout the body. Although monkeypox can be fatal, the family of viruses responsible for the current outbreak causes a milder form of the disease.

8. What is the difference between smallpox and monkeypox?

The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) while smallpox does not. The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually 7−14 days but can range from 5−21 days. The illness begins with: Fever.

9. What happens if you get monkeypox?

Unlike smallpox, Monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy). The incubation period for Monkeypox is about 12 days (range 7 to 17 days). The illness begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, a general feeling of discomfort, and exhaustion.

10. How do you avoid getting monkeypox?


Avoid contact with animals that could harbor the virus (including animals that are sick or that have been found dead in areas where monkeypox occurs).
Avoid contact with any materials, such as bedding, that has been in contact with a sick animal.

11. How can you protect yourself from monkeypox?

One vaccine, JYNNEOSTM (also known as Imvamune or Imvanex), has been licensed in the United States to prevent monkeypox and smallpox. Because monkeypox virus is closely related to the virus that causes smallpox, smallpox vaccine can also protect people from getting monkeypox.

12. Where is monkeypox most common?

Monkeypox Is Becoming More Common

 It remains a mystery why more people in Africa are now contracting the virus. The factors that contributed to recent Ebola epidemics, which infected several thousand people in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, may play a role.

13. Does the chickenpox vaccine prevent monkeypox?

Vaccine Effectiveness

 Because monkeypox virus is closely related to the virus that causes smallpox, the smallpox vaccine can protect people from getting monkeypox. Past data from Africa suggests that the smallpox vaccine is at least 85% effective in preventing monkeypox.

14. Can u get rid of monkeypox?

Currently, there is no proven, safe treatment for monkeypox virus infection. For purposes of controlling a monkeypox outbreak in the United States, smallpox vaccine, antivirals, and vaccinia immune globulin (VIG) can be used.

15. Is monkey pox the next Covid?

Monkeypox outbreak won't be the next global pandemic thanks to vaccines, drugs: analysts. An unusual wave of monkeypox cases in non-endemic regions has raised the possibility of another global health crisis even as COVID-19 persists.

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