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Monkeypox Outbreak Continues to Grow in the US

Monkeypox cases in the US Continue to rise

The number of monkeypox cases in the United States has continued to rise in recent weeks, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting over 1,000 cases as of May 19, 2023. The outbreak is the largest ever recorded outside of Africa, where the virus is endemic. The majority of cases in the US have been reported in men who have sex with men, and health officials believe that the virus is being spread through close contact, including sexual contact. However, anyone can get monkeypox, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The symptoms of monkeypox can be similar to those of the flu and may include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, sore throat, and cough. In some cases, people with monkeypox may develop a rash, which can appear on the face, body, or genitals. The rash is usually flat and red at first and then becomes raised and filled with fluid. The rash usually goes away on its own within a few weeks. There is no specific treatment for monkeypox, but most people recover on their own. However, some people with monkeypox may develop serious complications, such as pneumonia or sepsis. The CDC is recommending that people who have been exposed to monkeypox get vaccinated. The vaccine is effective in preventing monkeypox and can be given up to four days after exposure. The CDC is also recommending that people take steps to prevent the spread of monkeypox, such as avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing their hands frequently. The outbreak of monkeypox is a serious public health concern, but health officials believe that it can be controlled. By taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus and getting vaccinated, we can help stop the outbreak.

 

Let us know what monkeypox is

 

Monkeypox is a rare but serious viral illness that can be transmitted from animals to humans and from person to person. The illness was first identified in monkeys in 1958, hence the name. The first human case of monkeypox was reported in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Monkeypox is caused by a virus that belongs to the same family as the smallpox virus. The symptoms of monkeypox are similar to those of smallpox, but milder. Monkeypox typically begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, respiratory symptoms, and exhaustion. Within 1-4 days of fever onset, a rash develops, often beginning on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body. The rash is typically flat and red at first, but it can become raised and filled with fluid. The rash usually goes away on its own within 2–4 weeks.

Monkeypox can be spread through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected animal or person, or through contact with contaminated objects. The virus can also be spread through respiratory droplets, but this is less common.

There is no specific treatment for monkeypox, but most people recover on their own. In some cases, people with monkeypox may develop serious complications, such as pneumonia or sepsis.

There is a vaccine for monkeypox, but it is not widely available. The vaccine is effective in preventing monkeypox, and can be given up to four days after exposure.

The best way to prevent monkeypox is to avoid contact with infected animals or people. If you think you may have been exposed to monkeypox, contact your healthcare provider.





Monkey pox symptoms and what to do

The monkeypox virus is a member of the orthopox virus family, which also includes the smallpox virus. Smallpox was eradicated in 1980, but the monkeypox virus is still present in some parts of Africa.

Monkeypox is spread through close contact with an infected person or animal. The virus can enter the body through broken skin, the respiratory tract, or the eyes, nose, or mouth.

The incubation period for monkeypox is usually 7 to 14 days, but it can range from 5 to 21 days. The first symptoms of monkeypox are similar to those of the flu, and may include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, sore throat, and cough. In some cases, people with monkeypox may develop a rash, which can appear on the face, body, or genitals. The rash is usually flat and red at first, and then becomes raised and filled with fluid. The rash usually goes away on its own within a few weeks.

There is no specific treatment for monkeypox, but most people recover on their own. However, some people with monkeypox may develop serious complications, such as pneumonia or sepsis.

The CDC is recommending that people who have been exposed to monkeypox get vaccinated. The vaccine is effective in preventing monkeypox and can be given up to four days after exposure.

The CDC is also recommending that people take steps to prevent the spread of monkeypox, such as avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing their hands frequently.

The outbreak of monkeypox is a serious public health concern, but health officials believe that it can be controlled. By taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus and getting vaccinated, we can help stop the outbreak.

 

Here are some additional tips for preventing the spread of monkeypox:

 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you have been exposed to monkeypox, get vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • If you think you may have monkeypox, contact your healthcare provider.

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