What Is Monkeypox?
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Scientists at CDC are collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials to investigate a situation in which a U.S. resident tested positive for monkeypox on May 18, 2022, after returning to the U.S. from Canada. They are also tracking multiple clusters of monkeypox cases reported this month in several countries that don’t usually report monkeypox, including U.K. and USA. Monkeypox has recently spread to at least 16 countries, including UK, Portugal, Spain, and U.S. and here is what you need to know about this disease, in the video published on May 25, 2022, “Health officials track the spread of Monkeypox“, below:
To find out more about what Monkeypox is, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, below:
Monkeypox is an infectious disease caused by the monkeypox virus that can occur in certain animals, including humans. Symptoms begin with fever, headache, muscle pains, swollen lymph nodes, and feeling tired. This is followed by a rash that forms blisters and crusts over. The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is usually 7 to 14 days. The duration of symptoms is typically two to four weeks. Cases may be severe, especially in children, pregnant women or people with supressed immune systems.
Monkeypox may be spread from handling bushmeat, an animal bite or scratch, body fluids, contaminated objects, or close contact with an infected person. The virus normally circulates among certain rodents. Diagnosis can be confirmed by testing a lesion for the virus’s DNA. The disease can appear similar to chickenpox.
The smallpox vaccine can prevent infection with 85% effectiveness. In 2019, a monkeypox vaccine, Jynneos, was approved for adults in the United States. The current standard for treatment is tecovirimat, an antiviral that is specifically intended to treat infections with orthopoxviruses such as smallpox and monkeypox. It is approved for the treatment of monkeypox in the European Union and the United States. Cidofovir or brincidofovir may also be useful. Reports of the risk of death, if untreated, are as high as 10% to 11% in the Congo Basin (Central African) clade of monkeypox.
Monkeypox was first identified in 1958 among laboratory monkeys in Copenhagen, Denmark. Monkeys are not a natural reservoir of the virus. The first cases in humans were found in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An outbreak that occurred in the United States in 2003 was traced to a pet store where rodents imported from Ghana were sold. The 2022 monkeypox outbreak represents the first incidence of widespread community transmission outside of Africa, which began in the United Kingdom in May 2022, with subsequent cases confirmed in at least 20 countries, in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia.
Monkeypox is spreading around the globe in a way that hasn’t been spread before. Scientists at CDC collaborate with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials to investigate a situation in which a U.S. resident tested positive for monkeypox on May 18 after returning to the U.S. from Canada. They’re also tracking multiple clusters of monkeypox cases reported this month in several countries that don’t usually report monkeypox, including Europe and North America. This is why it becomes such a concern, in the video published on May 24, 2022, “I’ve never seen Monkeypox spread like this before“, below:
Rapid review of essential facts on monkeypox, by Dr. John Campbell, in the video published on May 23, 2022, “Monkeypox in 5 minutes“, below:
Roger Seheult, MD of MedCram explains what monkeypox is and the current treatments, in the video published on May 23, 2022, “Monkeypox Explained Clearly“, below:
The monkeypox outbreak is raising an alarm in U.S. and Europe because the viral disease, which spreads through close contact and was first found in monkeys, mostly occurs in west and central Africa, and only very occasionally spreads elsewhere. Here’s our explainer on the disease, in the video published on May 20, 2022, “What is monkeypox and how dangerous is it?” below:
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