Our attention has been drawn to the recent cases of Monkey Pox in the country, currently.
Red Explorer NG brings you all you need to know about the ongoing virus.
The monkeypox is a viral zoonosis. The illness caused by monkeypox usually lasts between two to four weeks.
This virus can spread from infected animals like monkeys and rodents, to humans, usually through direct contact with body fluids, blood or the skin.
Transmission can also happen through a bite, scratch or consuming inadequately cooked or other products of infected bushmeat.
The symptoms of monkeypox are sudden fever, headache, body pain, weakness, sore throat, and enlargement of glands (lymph nodes) in the neck and under the jaw.
There are also visible symptoms which includes rash on the face, palms, soles of the feet, genitals and other parts of the body.
The monkeypox fever can escalate the rash which tends to spread across the body of an infected person with the face and palms being the most affected. The rash can also occur in and around the genitals, which is why contact during sex is also a mode of transmission.
To protect oneself from Monkeypox, one should
- Avoid contact with host animals like monkeys, rats, mice, porcupines and squirrels especially in areas where infections have been confirmed.
- Avoid physical contact with infected patients.
- Practice frequent handwashing with soap and water
- Ensure all animal food products are properly cooked before eating.
- Report all cases with the associated symptoms to the nearest health facility.
There is need to stay healthy and avoid this deadly virus.
By NWANKWO, Grace Chinasa