What If Monkeypox Becomes A Pandemic?: As of today, there have been more than two dozen confirmed and suspected cases worldwide, some of which have no obvious origin, which means the virus could be spreading undetected. At least 11 countries outside Africa have reported at least 120 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox over the past week, a rare viral disease rarely detected outside Africa. Separate outbreaks of the virus have been observed across the globe where it doesn’t usually surface, alarmed scientists and sending them scrambling for answers.
What If Monkeypox Becomes A Pandemic?
The virus called monkeypox because it was first detected in 1958 in laboratory monkeys, is now thought to spread from rodents to humans – or from infected people to humans.
What Is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is the illness caused by infection with the monkeypox virus in the genus Orthopoxvirus in the family Poxviridae. Within the same family are the variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used to make the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus. At this moment Monkeypox is the biggest trending disease in the world and there are more than 10 countries are affected by this virus.
What Are The Symptoms of Monkeypox?
Monkeypox symptoms are similar to those of smallpox, but they are milder. Fieber, headaches, muscle pains, and exhaustion accompany monkeypox. Symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox differ primarily in that monkeypox causes swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy), but smallpox does not. Monkeypox incubation periods (time from infection to symptom onset) are typically 7-14 days. However, this can vary from 5-to 21 days.
Beginning Symptoms Of Monkeypox:
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
Is Monkeypox Reported In the USA?
After infections were reported across Europe, monkeypox has been confirmed in the United States. The infected individual recently visited Canada and is now being treated in a hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Public health is not at risk in this case, according to the Department of Health. The US case is the first reported in the country this year after several scattered reports in Europe, including seven in the UK and others in Portugal and Spain. According to Radio-Canada, up to 13 cases are being investigated in Montreal by Canada’s health officials.
History Of Monkeypox
The disease was first described as monkeypox in 1958 after two outbreaks of a pox-like disease were observed in colonies of monkeys kept for research, hence the name. Human monkeypox first appeared in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a period of intensified efforts to eradicate smallpox. Since then monkeypox has been reported in other countries in central and western Africa. A number of monkeypox cases have occurred outside of Africa as a result of international travel and imported animals, including in the United States, Israel, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
What Is The Treatment For Monkeypox?
A monkeypox virus infection does not currently have a proven, safe treatment. To control a monkeypox outbreak in the United States, the smallpox vaccine, antivirals, and vaccinia immune globulin (VIG) can be used.