The Monkey Pox is the latest in pandemics, ravaging the country, here is what to know about the disease and how to stay safe, according to the team of competent doctors of Medik 247 International.
Rodents are chief vectors of the disease, thus if there are rodents in your vicinity, you should care about the pandemic spreading. Although laboratory monkeys are identified as its originators, hence the name ‘Monkey Pox’, it is however actively transmitted to humans by rodents or primates. It is also transmitted secondarily by human-to-human contact.
Monkey Pox is highly contagious, so it is important to know how the disease spread, so you can take proper precaution:
1. The monkey pox virus is transmitted via contact with infected animal blood, flesh, bite or by contact with infected human.
2. It is a virus, thus viral infections are generally much harder to treat than bacterial infections. Even worse the monkey pox virus is a rare strain.
3. A monkey pox infection can lead to debilitating illness and death, thus it is fatal, especially for those in younger age brackets.
4. It has NO treatment or vaccine but outbreaks can be controlled.
5. The incubation period for the virus is 5-21 days, however symptoms typically last between 14-21 days, with severe cases occurring among children with a longer virus exposure.
6. The monkey pox virus can only be diagnosed definitively in the laboratory by running different tests.
Here at the symptoms to look out for, early detection may give the infected person a fighting chance:
1.The infected begin to feel intense weakness and fever.
2.It manifests as several stages of rashes, with hundreds of these rashes, breaking out in the face, palms and the soles of the feet.
3. The lesions (rashes) become fluid-filled blisters as the disease progresses.
4. In the final stage of manifestation, these blisters form a crust, which can affect the oral membrane, genitals, eyelids and eyeballs.
Here is what to do,to ensure you keep yourself safe from this pandemic:
1. Ensure animal flesh and blood is properly cooked before consuming, because the monkey pox virus remain active in infected primates and rodents, even after death.
2.Avoid contact with body fluids, respiratory tract secretions or objects recently contaminated by infected persons.
3. Dont pick up stray animals, especially if you live in the tropics.
4.Infected humans or animals must be placed under quarantine immediately, as close physical contact is a significant risk factor. For health workers, protective clothing and proper equipment must be utilised while caring for infected persons.
5.Frequently washing your hands is encouraged.
6. If you have been in close proximity with an infected person, going for definitive testing at the laboratory is advised.