New Delhi : A person has been found infected with the monkeypox virus in the UK, he had last traveled to Nigeria. There is no rush to worry about infection as human-to-human transmission is very rare, the WHO said. Symptoms in an infected person may appear between 2 and 4 weeks.
SYMPTOMS OF MONKEYPOX
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that is transmitted from wild animals to humans. The infected person may have a fever, a characteristic extensive rash, and usually swollen lymph nodes. However, it should be noted that it is important to distinguish monkeypox from other diseases such as chicken pox, measles, bacterial skin infections, scabies, syphilis and drug allergies.
According to WHO, the incubation period of monkeypox can vary from 5 to 21 days. The febrile stage of the disease usually lasts 1-3 days with symptoms such as fever, severe headache, lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes), back pain, myalgia (muscle pain) and severe asthenia (lack of energy ).
MONKEYPOX TREATMENT AND PRECAUTIONS
Most human monkeypox infections result from primary animal-to-human transmission. Contact with sick or dead animals should be avoided and all foods containing meat or animal parts should be thoroughly cooked before consumption.
Close contact with infected people or contaminated materials should be avoided. Gloves and other personal protective clothing and equipment should be worn when caring for the sick, whether in a healthcare facility or at home.
According to WHOsmallpox vaccination with the first-generation vaccinia virus-based smallpox vaccine has been shown to be 85% effective in preventing monkeypox in the past.