Biden Appoints Monkey Pox King, WHO Declares Global Health Emergency – Mish Talk

What is Monkeypox?

Let’s start with the symptoms and how it spreads. Please see What is Monkey Pox? What to know about symptoms, vaccines and how it spreads

Monkeypox, first identified in Britain, has now led to more than 15,300 cases in five dozen countries, including Europe and the Americas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Until recently, monkeypox was rare outside of parts of West and Central Africa. Federal health officials say 5,800 cases have been confirmed in the United States.

Monkey pox is a viral disease that spreads mainly among rodents in parts of West and Central Africa. It was first discovered in 1958 when research monkeys had two smallpox-like outbreaks, hence the name.

Early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen glands, chills, and fatigue. The incubation period, the number of days between exposure and the first signs of symptoms, is six to 13 days, but it can be longer, according to Sylvie Briand, WHO director of epidemic and pandemic preparedness and prevention.

A few days after the first symptoms of the disease, usually a smallpox-like rash appears, starting on the face and spreading to other parts of the body. Over time, the rashes form scabs and fall off later.

Monkey pox does not spread easily among people. Most cases in West and Central Africa involve contact with an infected animal. People only think it’s contagious when they have a rash. It can be spread from person to person through close contact, such as through contact with clothing, bedding or towels, skin, or when a person with monkeypox coughs or sneezes.

Although most patients recover within a few weeks, the disease can be fatal. West African monkeypox is currently a less severe form of the disease in non-endemic countries.

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