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MonkeyPox Virus: Facts, Symptoms, Transmissions And Prevention


Oct 25, 2017
Monkeypox virus causes the disease in both humans and animals. The crab-eating macaque is often used for neurological experiments. The virus occurs predominantly in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa.

Monkeypox virus is worn by both animals and humans. Preben von Magnus first identified it in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1958. It has also been identified in the giant Gambian rat that was the source of an outbreak in 2003 in the United States.

Can monkeypox be prevented?
Monkeypox can be prevented by avoiding eating or touching animals known to obtain the wildlife in the wild (mainly African rodents and monkeys). Patients who have the disease should isolate themselves until all pox lesions have broken (lost their crust). Also, those who care for these patients should use barriers (gloves and face masks) to prevent direct contact with drops. Careers must get a vaccine vaccination (see below).

Because pox and monkeypox are so closely related. Studies have shown that vaccine vaccinees have about 85% chance of protection against monkeypox. Consequently, the CDC recommends the following:

  • Patients with the depressed immune system and allergic to latex or pox vaccine may not receive the pox vaccine.
  • Everyone exposed to monkeypox in the last 14 days must get the pox vaccine, including children under one year, pregnant women and people with skin conditions.
  • Cook animal meat or blood well before consuming. Monkeypox virus remains active in infected primates or rodents even after their death.
  • Do not catch anaesthetic animals, especially if you live in the tropics.
  • Regular hand wash is encouraged.
  • Keep away from body fluids, lesions, respiratory tract or items recently infected by monkey-type patients. Transmission occurs via drops of the respiratory tract.
  • Immediately infected animals or people in quarantine. Close physical contact is a significant risk factor, and protective equipment must be worn in the care of patients.
  • If you have been in the vicinity of an infected person, go for final testing in the laboratory.
Additional information about monkeypox virus can be found How To Prevent MoneyPox.