If you thought the COVID-19 outbreak was over and now it’s time to relax about health safety measure, think again. A new virus called the Monkeypox is spreading rapidly through the US, Europe, and Australia.
What Is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Monkeypox was first found in 1958, when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in research colonies of monkeys, hence the name. During a period of increased effort to eradicate smallpox, the first human case of monkeypox was recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 1970.
Monkeypox symptoms are similar to, but less severe than, smallpox symptoms. Fever, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness are among symptoms of monkeypox. The fundamental distinction between smallpox and monkeypox symptoms is that monkeypox causes lymph node swelling (lymphadenopathy), but smallpox does not.
People have contracted monkeypox outside of Africa as a result of foreign travel or imported animals.
Is There A Monkeypox Pandemic?
Some health officials say there is no reason to panic.
According to the CDC, because the monkeypox virus is closely related to the smallpox virus, the smallpox vaccine can protect people against developing monkeypox.