Monkeypox: What You Need To Know

June 2, 2022 1:41 pm Published by

Recently the United States Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has been shining a light on several cases of Monkeypox happening here in the U.S. and also clusters of the virus showing up in parts of the world that do not normally see this type of disease. Therefore officials are warning people to understand the facts about the virus.

Here is some information you should know about Monkeypox;

1.) Monkeypox is caused by a virus that is closely related to smallpox

2.) Humans can get the virus by scratched or bitten by infected animals which may include rodents or non-human primates.

3.) The disease can also be transmitted through direct contact with skin lesions or bodily fluids.

4.) Initial symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, headache, and fever. These initial symptoms are usually followed by a rash which will scab over within five to seven days.

5.) There is a vaccine available that was recently approved for use, but it is not currently available to the public. If you were to test positive for Monkeypox, you would be advised of your access to the vaccine.

While the current rise in cases of Monkeypox has health officials in the United States and around the world concerned because it is the largest such outbreak outside of Africa with just over 120 people in 12 countries contracting the virus. Health officials are raising awareness of the virus at this point, but it has not arisen to the critical stage, yet.

If you believe you have been exposed to Monkeypox, you should consult your medical provider.