Monkeypox symptoms are more or less similar to smallpox symptoms. However, it has been observed that monkeypox symptoms are relatively milder in nature. As per the World Health Organization, once you get infected by the virus causing monkeypox, it may take five to twenty one days before you experience the initial symptoms.
Q. What’s Monkeypox?
Before we look into the complications caused by monkeypox, let’s first understand what monkeypox exactly is. Monkeypox is a viral disease mainly caused by a particular type of virus named monkeypox virus. It is mainly characterized by the swelling of lymph nodes around your neck area. The patient will also get widespread rashes & fever.
Q. How Many Monkeypox Cases In India?
Most of the monkeypox cases have occurred in the western & central part of Africa. However, there are close to 9 cases in India as per an information by Hindustan times. According to Hindustan times, Delhi has 4 cases & Kerala has 5 cases of monkeypox.
Q. Is Monkeypox Contagious?
Before we understand more about monkeypox, it’s important to understand that monkeypox is primarily a zoonotic disease. Zoonotic refers to the fact that monkeypox can be transferred from animals to human beings & even vice versa. Monkeypox can also be easily transferred from one human being to another.
Going ahead, let’s understand more on monkeypox.
Q. What Are The Causes Of Monkeypox?
The monkeypox belongs to the orthopoxvirus genus. This orthopoxvirus genus also includes the main virus causing smallpox. Surprisingly, scientists identified monkeypox diseases for the first time in the year 1958. However, the first ever documented case of a human contracting monkeypox was in the year 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Q. Is Monkeypox Similar To Smallpox?
Monkeypox symptoms are more or less similar to smallpox symptoms. However, it has been observed that monkeypox symptoms are relatively milder in nature. As per the World Health Organization, once you get infected by the virus causing monkeypox, it may take five to twenty one days before you experience the initial symptoms. In certain severe cases, the symptoms might show up in a week or two.
Q. What Are The Symptoms Of Monkeypox?
Some of the early monkeypox symptoms are as follows:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Severe chills
- Constant tiredness
- Back Pain
- Muscle Pain
Once the patient starts developing fever, rashes on his body start appearing in one to three days. The rashes appear on the following body parts:
- Eyes, including the cornea & conjunctivae
- Private parts
- Feet soles
The rashes mainly contain scratches which later evolve in the order given below:
- Flat scratches that are discoloured
- Scratches that are slightly raised
- Bumps containing clear fluids
- Bumps that have yellow fluid scabs
Monkeypox symptoms usually last for two to four weeks. However, they disappear without treatment.
Q. What Monkeypox Looks Like?
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Q. What Are The Potential Monkeypox Complications?
- One of the most severe complications is Bronchopneumonia which leads to breathing problems.
- Another complication is Sepsis which can lead to multi-organ failure.
- Brain tissue inflammation commonly known as encephalitis
- Cornea infection which includes the eye’s outer layer
- Cornea infections which can also result in vision loss.
- Secondary infections
- In certain critical cases, the skin can even fall off in huge pieces.
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