Monkey pox: What you need to know about the virus and how to protect yourself

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As the monkeypox virus continues to become a public health concern, Americans seem to be hearing more and more about it, so what are the best ways to avoid the virus, and is it time to worry?

Fox News Digital on Monday Dr. Mark Siegel, a physician and professor at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City and a Fox News contributor, on the monkeypox virus.

He said the virus is usually not serious, but the rash is “painful” and “can cause scarring,” he said.

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Dr. Siegel said no one should be “panicking” as many people are with the COVID pandemic.

“I think it’s hard to make a deal,” said Dr. Siegel on monkeypox. “I would just say stay in touch with the rash.”

Dr. Mark Siegel spoke with Fox News Digital on Monday, July 25, 2022, about the monkeypox virus, which the World Health Organization (WHO) just declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
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Siegel, who said health officials still believe “it’s mostly in the male community who have sex with men,” said that’s their “main focus” at the moment.

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Dr. Siegel emphasized that “given the difficulty of spreading this thing, it’s not going to be like any other COVID.”

“I am requesting emergency use authorization for TPOXX [an anti-viral drug]”It works,” said Dr. Siegel.

“But you can’t now unless you sign up for the protocol first.”

There are two monkeypox vaccines, Siegel said, “one is the old live virus vaccine — it’s very similar to the smallpox vaccine I had when I was a kid,” he said.

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“It has a national reserve and [it’s] More than 100 million doses,” he said.

“But the problem with that is that unless we have a major outbreak, we don’t want to give it because it’s a live virus vaccine” – and it “has side effects.”

There is also an “inactivated” vaccine called JYANNEOS. “That’s the way to go,” said the doctor. Siegel.

Image provided by the CDC during the 1997 monkeypox outbreak investigation.  This patient showed characteristic rashes in the recuperative stage.

Image provided by the CDC during the 1997 monkeypox outbreak investigation. This patient showed characteristic rashes in the recuperative stage.
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The doctor believes that a warning from health professionals is appropriate, along with advice to the gay community to exercise caution.

“Again, we don’t want to panic, we have to treat this like we do with COVID,” said Dr. Siegel.

“At the moment, I’m more concerned about sexually transmitted infections,” he said.

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Below is some basic information and “best practices” about monkeypox so that everyone can protect themselves as much as possible.

What is monkey pox?

“Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus belongs to the same family of viruses as the variola virus that causes smallpox,” the CDC notes on its website.

Symptoms of monkeypox are milder than those of smallpox, and monkeypox is rarely fatal.

The virus is not related to smallpox, the CDC says. Monkeypox was discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of smallpox-like disease were found in monkeys kept for research.

Why is it called monkey pox?

Despite the name, the source of the disease is unknown.

But it’s possible that African rodents and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys) can harbor the virus and transmit it to humans, the CDC says on its website.

Hygiene is important to prevent monkeypox — hand washing is recommended, as well as maintaining healthy distance and washing bed linens of infected people.

Hygiene is important to prevent monkeypox — hand washing is recommended, as well as maintaining healthy distance and washing bed linens of infected people.
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What are the symptoms of monkeypox?

Symptoms of monkeypox include headache, muscle aches, fatigue, fever, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, and chills.

A rash and sores may develop within one to three days, according to the CDC.

What preventive measures can be taken against monkey pox?

The CDC shares many helpful actions we can all take to limit contact and transmission of disease.

Among these tips: Avoid skin-to-skin contact with people who have the rash.

Do not touch or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of someone who has monkeypox.

Avoid touching the rash or scabs of someone with monkeypox.

Do not share utensils, plates or cups with someone who has the virus.

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Do not touch or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of someone who has monkeypox.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Isolate from home if monkeypox occurs.  Close personal contact is the reason the virus spreads so quickly, the CDC says.

Isolate from home if monkeypox occurs. Close personal contact is the reason the virus spreads so quickly, the CDC says.
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If you are in Central and West Africa, avoid contact with animals that can spread the virus. They would usually be rodents and primates.

Also, the CDC notes, stay away from sick or dead animals, as well as bedding or anything else they’ve touched.

What do you do if you have monkey pox?

Isolation at home. Another reason for the rapid spread of the virus is close personal contact.

If you have an active rash or other symptoms, “as far as possible, stay away from people or pets living in a separate room or area,” the CDC notes.

“I’m going to continue my COVID protocols to avoid monkeypox,” the human resources specialist from Kensington, Maryland, who recently recovered from COVID, told Fox News Digital after hearing about the CDC’s best practices.

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“I have the COVID fatigue, but I have the normal habits I’ve picked up from it, and I’ll carry on,” he said.

“Wash your hands, keep a healthy distance and improve your housekeeping both at home and at work,” he said.

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