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Monkeypox Update: Govt issues advisory amidst rising cases

Monkeypox Virus: The central government has issued an advisory amid increasing cases of monkeypox in the country. The Union Health Ministry has said that monkeypox can be caused by being in contact with or meeting infected people for a long time. According to the advisory, it has been advised to wash hands with soap or […]

Edited By : Ajeyo | Updated: Jan 5, 2023 18:45 IST
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Monkeypox Virus: The central government has issued an advisory amid increasing cases of monkeypox in the country. The Union Health Ministry has said that monkeypox can be caused by being in contact with or meeting infected people for a long time.

According to the advisory, it has been advised to wash hands with soap or use sanitizer to avoid infection. In view of the threat of the monkeypox virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared monkeypox as a public health emergency. Many cases of monkeypox have also been reported in India.

Monkeypox can remain in the body for three to four weeks. The first thing that occurs when affected by monkeypox is fever. It is accompanied by pain in the body and muscles, headache and swollen lymph nodes. A rash appears on the face, which gradually starts spreading to the rest of the body.

Health Ministry advisory

According to the advisory, in case of monkeypox infection, first isolate the patient. Wash hands with soap or use sanitizer. If there is a monkeypox patient around you, then use a mask and gloves. Use disinfectants where you live. Do not use sheets or towels used by the patient.

If you develop symptoms of monkeypox, avoid going to crowded places or public events. Do not mislead people by giving wrong information. Share information only that has been certified by a doctor or issued by a health agency.

Monkeypox symptoms appear in 6 to 13 days

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it takes 6 to 13 days for monkeypox to show symptoms after being infected. In some cases, it can even take 5 to 21 days. Symptoms like fever, headache, fatigue and back pain appear within the next 5 days from the day of infection.

Within 1 to 3 days after the onset of fever, the skin starts showing its effect and the rash starts coming out. In 95 percent of the cases, the rash appears on the face and in 75 percent of the cases, on the palms and soles of the feet.

What to keep in mind in case of monkeypox infection?

WHO says that if there is a monkeypox infection, drink lots of water. Do not let the patient go hungry. Food items that help to boost immunity should be included in the diet. How soon the patient will recover depends on his immunity.

As a precaution for normal healthy people, humans are advised not to come in contact with animals or infected patients. Till now no medicine has been prepared for monkeypox. At present, antiviral drugs are being used to treat such patients. Therefore prevention is the better cure.

First published on: Aug 03, 2022 12:57 PM IST

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