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Monkeypox outbreak: Cases in UK, Symptoms & Prevention

Tamjid Prottoy posted

Monkeypox is a rare infection that has recently outbreaks and cases raising in the UK. The common symptoms include rashes and currently JYNNEOS a replication-deficient MVA vaccine, for the prevention of smallpox or monkeypox.

Monkeypox is a virus that’s similar to smallpox and even though that sounds frightening, it’s much less contagious and, importantly, much less likely to cause serious disease.

It’s typically acquired by contact with animals that carry the virus or with other people who have been previously infected, so it’s unusual to have such an infection.

The last outbreak in the United States in 2003, where about 70 people contracted that there are antiviral drugs that contract treat this infection as well.

In May 2022, human-to-human transmission of the Monkeypox virus was observed in several non-endemic countries, including the UK.

Monkeypox Transmission

Monkeypox is a viral infection, and the reservoir is in small mammals, usually rodents. In West African and central African forests, people get infected.

If they come into contact in some way with those animals, it can then spread from person to person, but it’s not very efficient at transmitting. And so what we normally see is maybe one or two people get infected from that case and then it dies out because it’s not very infectious within the human population, it usually starts with fever and headache.

People feel pretty miserable and tired. They can get swollen glands, and then this typical rash develops, which is sort of Postulain form, and that’s usually what’s infectious. And this is infectious until the scalps actually fall off of this.

It’s normally spread by close contact, either touching the skin or Alternatively, from touching bedding or shared utensils of some sort. So that’s the usual way in which it spread. And if you’re very close, then coughing can also spread it. Most people will recover and recover fully within a few weeks.

But people can have a serious disease and may need to be hospitalized with it.

The strain that’s being seen in the current outbreak in Europe is the West African strain, which has a mortality rate of about one in 100.

So it’s milder than the Central African strain, but still, it’s a serious disease.

 

Monkeypox rarely is seen outside of Africa. When it is, it’s brought to another country by somebody going through international travel.

Until this year, there had been very few cases ever reported around the world of this. But then this year we’ve had this unprecedented cluster of cases that occurred.

It seems to be quite distributed geographically, and what we’re not sure about is how connected the different clusters of cases are in the UK, Portugal, Spain, and even one case in the USA are, and this has never been seen before.

So this is quite alarming from a public health point of view and something that we really need to get a grip on and control as quickly as we can.

There’s no need to panic here. This is not going to spread and get into the general population and cause an epidemic as coronavirus has. But even so, this is a pretty large cluster over what appears to be quite a large area.

This is an unusual outbreak in that it’s occurring in men who have sex with men.

It’s not been reported to be a sexually transmitted infection before, but clearly, we need to investigate that further to see if it can spread in that room. But just through close to direct contact. We do know that it can spread, so that probably is, at the moment, the best working hypothesis for how it is spreading from person to person.

Monkeypox Symptoms

Illness typically begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, and swelling of the lymph nodes. After a few days, a specific type of rash appears, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body.

They can happen anywhere in the body, but a lot in the head and neck area that distinguishes it from smallpox.

A few days later, you develop this characteristic rash, Hoda. And the rash is really what is so contagious, the fluid that is in those vesicles and pustules. And it can take two to four weeks for those to resolve.

Monkeypox Test  

First, you need to know the symptoms and how it spreads among people. The rash of monkeypox begins on the face and it resembles the rash of smallpox. It starts as a little red elevated region that becomes filled with whitish fluid, like a blister, before drying up and healing. However, it is impossible to diagnose a rash as monkeypox without doing a PCR test.

Monkeypox Prevention

Monkeypox is closely related to smallpox, which was eradicated several decades ago. And it’s clear that the smallpox vaccine does give some cross-protection against monkeypox. And one of the reasons that we think that there has been this increase in cases of monkeypox in Africa is that routine smallpox vaccination was stopped once the disease was eradicated.

Giving smallpox vaccination to people who are at high risk of being exposed to monkeypox or indeed shortly after they’ve got it, will prevent them from getting the infection. So that is one of the interventions that will be offered to contacts of people who have had multi plants.

Will the smallpox vaccine fight the Monkeypox?

It should. Monkeypox belongs to a similar class of smallpox viruses. Therefore, the smallpox vaccine can provide cross-protection against Monkeypox.

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