Monkeypox is a well-known virus. Discovered in 1958, there are effective vaccines available. However, health experts advise that the virus displays different behavior than before. Due to its increased risk and altered conduct, CDC and WHO have issued information on monkeypox, including the risks, symptoms, and advice.
Read on to learn more.
Risk to Public Health Worldwide
According to WHO, monkeypox poses a risk to global public health. During Spring 2022, there were reports of monkeypox cases in countries never seen before. Infections reported in Europe accounted for 85% of international cases. And across 19 U.S. states, there were more than 70 monkeypox cases. Doctors believe that monkeypox will extend its reach the more it circulates. In addition, there is a risk of it becoming established in nonendemic countries.
What Is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a zoonotic infection caused by the virus. It can be transmitted from animals to humans, from humans to humans, and from the environment to humans.
CDC Monkeypox Guidance
CDC has issued information about monkeypox symptoms. Here are some of the most common:
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Low energy
- A rash with defined lesions on the face, hands, feet, mouth, anus, or genitals
Symptoms that hadn’t previously been connected to monkeypox include:
- Rectal bleeding
- Anus and rectum pain
- The feeling of an incomplete bowel movement
The care required to treat monkeypox depends on the symptoms experienced and the risk of a more severe disease. Symptoms usually last two to three weeks and can go away with medication or supportive care. If you or someone you know has monkeypox, it’s essential to eat well, keep properly hydrated, get enough sleep, and avoid scratching any rashes.
For more monkeypox information, speak to your doctor.