Monkey pox disease is spreading like wildfire all over Nigeria, it is currently in many states in Nigeria including Lagos.
How it is spread
Monkeypox can spread to humans from an infected animal through an animal bite or direct contact with the animals lesions or body fluids.
The disease also can be spread from person to person, although it is much less infectious than smallpox.
Signs And Symptoms
In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox. Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion.
The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) while smallpox does not.
How to treat monkeypox
At this time, there are no specific treatments available for monkeypox infection, but monkeypox outbreaks can be controlled. Smallpox vaccine, cidofovir, ST-246, and vaccinia immune globulin (VIG) can be used to control a monkeypox outbreak.
How to prevent it
Monkeypox has no cure, so the best thing is to prevent it.
The Federal Ministry of health released this tips on Monkeypox prevention.
- Wash hands regularly
- Avoid eating bush meat
- Minimize contact with fluids, heat, and other skin to skin contact with humans or animals, they be infected.