Nowadays, it is hard not to notice the outbreak of monkeypox. We face the most serious spread of this virus in history, speaking in relation to the territory. As is the case with most viruses, the most effective action you can take to prevent being infected is to avoid contact with the people who have the virus or, as a matter of fact, recently vaccinated patients. Although, do bear in mind that such preventive measures are not the only ones necessary to take.
How the Virus Spreads
To begin with, here is something that can highlight the seriousness of the problem. The monkeypox pandemic has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization. Nevertheless, the experts claim that the population is relatively safe from the threat. All the powers of national and international healthcare organizations are focused on researching the likely causes of the outbreak and stopping its spread in the shortest possible time.
Monkeypox has a number of distinguishing symptoms. Do not try to self-diagnose and choose treatment.
We strongly recommend seeing a specialist if you notice anything similar to the described symptoms.
Here are the most common reported symptoms:
- Typically, the first symptoms resemble the ordinary flu. These include fever, aches, and inflamed lymph nodes.
- After a period taking from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, a patient may notice a rash, which can be diverse and take various forms.
- It has been noted that the rash tends to start on the face, spreading to the limbs, digits, and other body parts.
- Note that in case of sexual transmission, the rash is likely to appear on the related organs first.
There are a number of actions necessary to take in order to protect yourself:
- Monkeypox is known to spread through airborne transmission or by tactile contact, which includes sex and other forms of intimacy.
- In case you have been diagnosed or assume that you may have it, immediately stop any tactile contact with other people and try to keep your distance. In terms of skin-to-skin transmission, it is the distinctive sore scab that is responsible. Thus, when it is over, the patient stops being contagious.
- If you are inevitably exposed to the infected patients, do use anti-infection gear, such as gloves and masks.
- This particular virus strain is reported to spread through sexual contact more than its predecessors. It appears to be especially dangerous in the case of gay sex, as a great many cases are initiated with sores in the rectal and genital areas of men.
Thus, do observe abstinence from sexual contact with unknown partners during the current outbreak.