The monkey pox virus is now spreading in America after Britain. A man from Canada to Massachusetts confirmed his transition on Wednesday. This is the first case of Monkey Pox in America this year. Dozens of cases of the rare disease have been reported in Britain, Spain, Portugal and Canada in the last few days.
What is Experts believe that monkey pox is spread by approaching an infected person. The virus enters the body through the eyes, nose and mouth through the patient’s wound. It can also be spread by infected animals, such as monkeys, dogs and squirrels, or by bedding and clothing that come in contact with the patient. The patient may suffer from monkey pox for 7 to 21 days.
Monkey pox disease is caused by a virus that is a member of the smallpox virus. Monkey pox was first seen in monkeys in 1970, after which it spread to 10 African countries. The case was first reported in the United States in 2003. The largest outbreak of monkey pox in Nigeria was in 2017, with 75% of its patients being men. The case was first reported in Britain in 2018.
According to experts, this disease is a rare need, but can also prove serious. At present monkey pox is found mostly in some parts of Central and West African countries. On May 6, the first patient found in Britain returned from Nigeria.
How is the disease spread?
Experts believe that monkey pox is spread by approaching an infected person. The virus enters the body through the eyes, nose and mouth through the patient’s wound. It can also be spread by infected animals, such as monkeys, dogs and squirrels, or by bedding and clothing that come in contact with the patient. The patient may suffer from monkey pox for 7 to 21 days.
WHO is investigating
40 cases of monkey pox in Spain and Portugal and 9 cases in Britain. Then the World Health Organization (WHO) team also came into action. The agency is investigating the transmission of the virus to homosexual patients, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is conducting contact tracing to identify potential patients. Health experts believe that Monkey Pox is unlikely to break out at this time.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)
says that the majority of cases of monkey pox in Britain so far have involved men who identify themselves as gay or bisexual, meaning that these men have had sex with men. The agency also warned gay men. So far, monkey pox has not been considered a sexually transmitted disease. However, health experts have warned gay and bisexual men to have a sexual health checkup immediately if they notice any symptoms.
Symptoms of Monkey Pox
According to the UKHSA, the early symptoms of Monkey Pox are similar to the flu. These include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, tremors, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. This is followed by a rash on the face, which can spread to other parts of the body. During the transition these spots undergo many changes and eventually fall off as scab like chickenpox.
Chickenpox vaccine also effective for monkey pox
According to the CDC, the chickenpox vaccine is also effective in transmitting monkey pox. The American Food and Drug Association (FDA) approved a vaccine called Jynneos in 2019 to prevent this rare disease. It was approved by the European Medicines Agency in 2013. However, the vaccine can only be used on people over the age of 18.