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Get the Facts on Monkeypox


Get the Facts on Monkeypox
Get the Facts on Monkeypox

+ What is Monkeypox Disease?

A rare disease that is caused by an infection from the monkeypox virus.


+ How is the Monkeypox virus transmitted?

It can be transmitted from animals to humans through:

  • bites or scratches by an animal carrying the virus

  • handling and eating meat from infected animals


It can be transmitted from human to human through close contact with:

  • skin lesions e.g. rash, blister, sores, scab, etc

  • body fluids

  • droplets from respiratory secretions e.g. cough, sneeze, spit

  • recently contaminated objects e.g. bed linen, clothes and frequently touched areas


+ What is the incubation period?

The incubation period (time between infection and when the symptoms start) is usually from 6 to 13 days but can range from 5 to 21 days.


+ What are the main signs and symptoms?

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Intense Headaches

  • Extreme Exhaustion

  • Muscle ache and Backache

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Rash (usually appears 1-3 days after the fever)


Symptoms can be mild or severe and associated skin rash can be itchy or painful.


+ What is the treatment for Monkeypox Disease?

Treatment is based on the symptoms. If experiencing fever or pain, Panadol can be taken. Drink lots of fluids to maintain hydration.


+ Who is at risk of being infected with the Monkeypox virus?

Any person in close contact with someone who has monkeypox.

+ How can the risk of getting Monkeypox be reduced?

Key prevention measures include COVID-19 prevention measures:

  • Wear your mask

  • Wash your hands

  • Physical Distance

  • Frequently sanitise areas that are frequently touched

  • Avoid crowds

+ Is there a Vaccine for Monkeypox?

There is no vaccine against monkeypox that is generally available. A recently approved vaccine has been produced for research purpose only.


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