8 things you need to know about the monkeypox virus (Monkeypox): Who gets it most

8 things you need to know about the monkeypox virus (Monkeypox): Who gets it most

While the world continues to fight the coronavirus epidemic, an epidemic of monkeypox virus (monkeypox) has recently emerged in 12 different countries. We have prepared a comprehensive guide and analysis for you to prevent and take precautions against the monkeypox virus, which even US President Joe Biden says is "a cause of concern".

8 things you need to know about the monkeypox virus Who gets it most

The monkeypox virus (monkeypox), which has spread generally in Central and West Africa and becomes epidemic from time to time, has been detected in a large number of people in different countries. There are many details and little-known information about the monkeypox virus, which scientists continue to investigate and even US President Joe Biden himself says it is "alarming."

However, scientists and experts shared some information with the public in order to protect themselves from the monkeypox virus or to keep those who have this disease alive.

Here are 8 things to know about the monkeypox virus

1-In which country have the cases been found so far

So far, the monkeypox virus has been officially detected in nine European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, and Australia. It is usually found in remote parts of central and western Africa, and the European countries where this disease has been detected are the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and Sweden.

2-What are the symptoms

Monkeypox virus has some symptoms that occur in different parts of the body. Among the first detected symptoms, high fever, headache, back pain, muscle pain, and swelling come to the fore.

8 things you need to know about the monkeypox virus  Who gets it most

With an increase in fever, a rash and itching begin to appear on the body. This usually starts on the face and then reaches other parts of the body. The most commonly occur on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Itching can be very painful or bothersome. On the other hand, after this itching process has passed, the sores on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands will crust over.

Scientists and experts state that this infection can generally last between 14-21 days.

3-How is it transmitted

The monkeypox virus can be easily transmitted from a person who has close contact with an infected person. The virus can be transmitted through a wound in the skin, through breathing, or through the eyes, nose, and mouth.

Experts have made statements that the virus can also be transmitted through sexual contact.

On the other hand, this disease can also be transmitted from infected animals such as monkeys, mice, and squirrels, or in products such as bed linen and clothing that contain the virus.

4-How dangerous is that

According to the statements of scientists in the past, the monkeypox virus is similar to smallpox and is generally mild. While the disease can go away on its own within a few weeks, in some cases it can be very severe. There are records of some deaths caused by the disease in West Africa.

5-What is the treatment

Vaccination is an important step in the prevention of an epidemic. Vaccines developed against smallpox are also known to provide 85% protection against monkeypox. On the other hand, the effect of antiviral drugs has been reported.

6-What should you do if the disease is suspected

Scientists have warned that people who have recently visited certain parts of the African continent or who meet people who are sick or think they are showing symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Andrea McCollum of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), one of the leading health care organizations in the United States, said, “If individuals get sick, they usually get sick for two to four weeks. People need to get an early diagnosis, and start their treatment faster,” he said. possible, and inform the persons they meet during this period.

7-What does the World Health Organization say

The World Health Organization, which continues its work within the United Nations, announced the discovery of monkeypox in 12 member countries in three different regions. "Geographically, it has been determined that cases have been seen in Europe and other countries," said Hans Kluge, head of the WHO's Europe department. "This is evidence that monkeypox has been spreading for some time."

Kluge stressed that investigations into this matter are ongoing, and stated that the cases that have been announced in Europe are currently moderate.

8-Are pregnant women and children at risk

The alarming statement about monkeypox, which generally ranges from mild to moderate, came from Kluge, head of the European Department of the World Health Organization.

"Although this disease is usually mild, it can be severe, especially in children, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems," Kluge said.

We wish the safety of all mankind from the dangers of viruses. We have seen in the past how virulent and deadly viruses can be and we do not want to see that happen again. We have made great strides in our ability to combat viruses but we are not perfect. There is always the possibility that a new virus will come along that we cannot control. We can only hope that our defenses are good enough to keep us safe.

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