The situation is evolving and WHO expects more cases of monkeypox to be identified as surveillance expands in non-endemic countries. Immediate actions focus on informing people who may be at increased risk of monkeypox infection with accurate information, in order to stop further spread. Currently available evidence suggests that people who are most at risk are those who have had close physical contact with a person with monkeypox, while having symptoms. WHO is also working to provide guidance to protect front-line health care providers and other health workers who may be at risk, such as cleaners.
WHO will provide further technical recommendations in the coming days. So far, there have been no deaths associated with this outbreak. Immediate actions focus on informing people most at risk of monkeypox infection with accurate information, stopping the spread and protecting frontline workers.
Symptoms of Monkeypox
Monkeypox symptoms in people are similar to, but less severe than, smallpox symptoms.
Fever, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness are among symptoms of monkeypox. The fundamental distinction between smallpox and monkeypox symptoms is that monkeypox causes lymph node swelling (lymphadenopathy), but smallpox does not.
The disease starts with:
Lymph nodes swollen
The patient develops a rash 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) following the onset of fever, which usually starts on the face and spreads to other regions of the body.
Monkeypox Incubation Period
Monkeypox has a 7-14 day incubation period (from infection to symptoms), although it can be as short as 5 days.
The disease lasts about 24 weeks on average. Monkeypox has been demonstrated to kill one out of every ten people who develop the disease in Africa.
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Treatment for Monkeypox
According to the CDC, the smallpox vaccine is at least 85 percent effective against the monkeypox virus. For smallpox prevention, the United States now has one antiviral and two FDA-approved vaccinations.
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