The monkeypox cases in July were only 500. But now it grows, and the number of infected people is around 7000. To overcome this, taking strict measures is the need of the hour.

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The US federal authorities declared Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency. The decision comes from the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a self-limited disease whose symptoms last for 2 to 4 weeks. It is a zoonotic disease that occurs mainly in the tropical rainforest areas of central and west Africa.

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As its symptoms remain long-lasting, the health crisis affecting the infected person may be severe. It is transmitted from one person to another in several ways. A person can be infected when coming in close contact with an infected person, animal, or things. It also passes to a fetus through the placenta.

Symptoms include

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  • Fever, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes,
  • Muscle aches, back pain, and low energy.

It affects the immunity system of the body. Medical complications can appear in an infected person due to Immune deficiency.

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Who is at risk?

The person at high risk came in close contact with the infected person.
Symptoms grow from a physical relationship.

Now, there is no specific treatment for it. As it shows similar symptoms to smallpox, an infected person goes with like treatment. Two vaccines are available for monkeypox but are not appropriate for everyone.

There is a smallpox vaccine available for the prevention of monkeypox. However, supply is scarce. The US federal proposing a plan to change the method of vaccination. So, they tackle this scarcity of vaccines.

What to do when you have monkeypox Symptoms?

Maintain social distancing with other people, animals, or things. Frequent hand washing helps. Stay away from social gatherings like parties, marriages, and so on. If you find any symptoms go and consult a doctor first.

Update: 17-August-2022

Pet dogs can contract Monkeypox, doctors report
Monkeypox spreads in pet animals too
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Health experts are advising people who have monkeypox to avoid contact with domestic pets since the animals may be susceptible to contracting the illness.
As pox spreads throughout the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been providing this guidance for months.
Yet, it attracted fresh interest following a French study that was released last week in the medical journal Lancet about an Italian greyhound that contracted the virus.
The dog is owned by a couple who claim to share a bed with it. After having sex with other partners, the two guys had pox and developed sores and other symptoms. Later, sores appeared on the greyhound, and the virus was discovered to be present.
Rodents and other wild animals have been shown to have monkeypox infections, which can send the virus to people.
The first instance of  infection in a domesticated animal, such as a dog or cat, according to the investigators.
The CDC recommends keeping pets at home and away from other animals.
People for 21 days following the most recent contact if they have had close contact with a sick person.


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