ANOTHER OUTBREAK : MONKEYPOX DISEASE

COVID, the virus that made the whole world stop in 2020 is still out there however, another disease that is spreading fast has been recently detected. The Monkeypox outbreak has now been circulating which was reported in United Kingdom from a person who flew from Nigeria on May 7, 2022, as reported by UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

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WHERE DID IT ORIGINATED?

According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox is a type of disease that is associated to smallpox which was then eradicated in the 1980’s. This illness occurs primarily in the Central and West Africa and occassionaly on some other areas. The name monkeypox was coined in 1958 when two poxlike diseases happened in a colony of monkeys that was retained for a research project. Whatever it may be, the monkeys (as depicted on its name) are not the ones to blamed for the said outbreak. The WHO says that rodents are most likely to be blamed for. In countries like Africa, evidence of monkeypox can be seen in a lot of animals such as species of squirrels, rats, some of monkeys, according to UN health agency.

WHAT ARE IT’S SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS?

The symptoms of monkeypox is of the same as smallpox that most likely starts from having fever, then some rashes that tends to develop one to three days after acquiring it. The rashes often starts from the face then onto the body. Normally, it is painful. It is presented as pearly and fluid -filled, often surrounded by red circles. Normally, the lesions will just scab and heal over a period of two to three weeks. In addition, swelling of lymph nodes, exhaustion, headache and muscle pain are part of its symptoms.

https://www.who.int/health-topics/monkeypox#tab=tab_1

Reference:

https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/05/18/monkeypox-what-we-know-so-far-about-the-smallpox-like-virus-detected-in-the-uk
https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/monkeypox
https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/treatment.html#:~:text=Currently%2C%20there%20is%20no%20proven,%2C%20antivirals%2C%20and%20VIG%20treatments.

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